Events in the American Black experience that include people, places, items, and timelines.

Barack Obama awarded Nobel Peace Prize

*On this date in 2009, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to President Barack Obama of the United States.

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First Registered Black Pilot in America

Cornelius Coffey

On this date in 1938, Cornelius Coffey became the first African American registered pilot.

Coffey obtained his commercial license (#36609) so that he could teach both at Curtiss-Wright and then at his own school in Chicago.

Reference: Giacinta Bradley Koontz, aviation historian, magazine columnist and author. DOM

Photo Courtesy of Robbins History Museum

To become a Pilot

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Emacipation Proclimation (copy) Sold

*On this date in 2012, a rare original copy of President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation sold at a New York auction for more than $2 million.

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California, its naming heritage

"The Naming of California"
by Louise Lloyd

*The creation of the name California is celebrated on this date in 1850; the official date of it’s statehood. The designation “California” is another piece of African American history.

The name is derived from a knightly romance book that was published in 1510. The story was about an island paradise near the Indies where a beautiful Black Queen Califia ruled. She was the leader a country of Black Amazons with masses of pearls and gold. Men were only allowed on Califia one day a year to help perpetuate the race.

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Black Women and International Women’s Day

*On this date in 1910 the world formally celebrates International Women’s Day (IWD). Since it’s beginning IWD is a global celebration of the wellness of women. Started at a time of great social turbulence and crisis, IWD inherited a tradition of protest and political activism. Yet since its inception there has been a pattern of racial exclusion of women of color, specifically Black Women!

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Appalachian Genealogy study released

Melungeon Man

*On this date in 2012, a DNA study in the Journal of Genetic Genealogy was released.

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Liberia's Charles Taylor found guilty

Charles Taylor (in court)

*On this date in 2012, an international court trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor ended.

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Texas A&M chooses 1st Black Commander

Marquis Alexander

*On this date in 2012, the first Black student was appointed as Commander of the Texas A&M Cadets. This is nearly a half-century after African Americans were admitted to predominantly white Texas A&M University.

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Black history and the Girl Scouts of America

GSUSA Dixie Region, 1935

*On this date in 1912, the Registry marks the history of African American’s in the Girl Scouts of America.

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Hate Crime arsonist convicted

Macedonia Church Arson, 2008

*On this date in 2011, a white man was convicted of burning down a black church. He motive was to condemn Barack Obama's election as America's first Black president in November 2008.

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