Those who shape Black history as elected officials, the military, lawyers, judges, and more.

Warner McGuinn, lawyer born

Warner T. McGuinn

*The birth of Warner T. McGuinn on November 23rd 1859 is celebrated on this date. He was an African American lawyer and politician.

From Goochland County, near Richmond, Virginia, he was one of three sons of Jared and Fannie McGuinn. His older brother the Rev. Robert A. McGuinn was also born in Virginia and moved to Baltimore. A half-brother, the Rev. William M. Alexander (1852-1919), was pastor of Sharon Baptist Church in Baltimore and the first editor of the Baltimore Afro-American.

D-Day and the VLA barrage balloon battalion

Omaha Beach, 1944

*On this date in 1944, The Normandy landing operations commenced. Termed D-Day, this was the Allied invasion of Normandy, France in Operation Overlord during World War II. This was the largest seaborne invasion in modern history and began the liberation of German-occupied northwestern Europe from Nazi control, and contributed to the Allied victory on the Western Front.

McLaurin v. Oklahoma Board of Regents ruled

George McLaurin (studying)

* On this date 1950, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that separate but equal conditions were unattainable in graduate and professional education in the McLaurin v. Oklahoma Board of Regents.

Emery Barnes born

Emery O. Barnes

*Emery Barnes was born on this date in 1929. He was a Black Canadian football player and politician.

Born in New Orleans Louisiana and raised in Oregon, Barnes was an alternate hi-jumper for the 1952 US Olympic Track and Field team. He played football at the University of Oregon and graduated he received his B.S. degree in 1954. Later that year he was drafted by the NFL's Green Bay Packers, but had much more success in the Canadian Football League with the B.C. Lions.

African Creek Leader Harry Island born

Harry Island Gravesite

*Harry Island’s birth in 1812 is celebrated on this date. He was an African Creek mediator and translator.

From Muskogee, OK, little is known about his childhood; later in life he was the husband of Maggie Cow Tom. Island served as one of the official U.S. Interpreters with the Muskogee Creek Nation. He was present during many official hearings during the 1860s and 70s in the years following the Civil War.

Willie Brown Jr. born

Willie Brown Jr.

*Willie Brown was born on this date in 1934. He is an African American lawyer, politician and businessman.

Recognizing the Saint Patrick's Battalion

St. Patrick's Battalion
Plaque, San Angel District,
Mexico City

*On this date in 1846, African American Registry celebrates St. Patrick’s Day by honoring the Saint Patrick's Battalion.

The Mexican American War, a story

*On this date in 1846 the Mexican American War, also known as the Mexican War began. African American Registry briefly writes about this conflict.

William Hemings born

*William Hemings was born on this date in 1845. He was a Black soldier, farmer and relative of Sally Hemings.

A soldier for civil rights, Julius Chambers

Julius Chambers

*Julius Chambers was born on this date in 1936. He was an African American lawyer, Civil Rights activist and educator.