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

Wesley Brown, a Naval hero

Wesley A. Brown

*Wesley Brown was born on this date in 1927. He was an African American soldier, engineer and educator.

Beverly P. Yates, Liberian Icon

Beverly Page Yates

*Beverly Page Yates’ birth 1811 is celebrated on this date. He was a Liberian politician, businessman and soldier.

Born free in Norfolk, Virginia, Yates was eighteen when he left Virginia for Monrovia in 1829. Like many of Liberia's early colonists, Yates turned to commercial trade for his livelihood and was soon counted among the colony's principal merchants. Operating from a single warehouse in 1838, the trading partnership of Yates rapidly expanded its business, and by 1844 owned four warehouses as well as its own ship.

Joe Gomer, Tuskegee Airman

Joseph Gomer

*Joseph Gomer was born on this date in 1920. He was an African American businessman and former WW II Tuskegee Airman fighter pilot.

America apologizes for its Black slavery

*On this date in 2008, The House of Representatives passed a resolution apologizing to African Americans for slavery and the era of Jim Crow.

LeRoy W. Homer, hero of 9/11

LeRoy W. Homer Jr.

*LeRoy Homer, Jr. was born on this date in 1965. He was an African American pilot.

Robert L. Carter, actvist of the Law

Robert L. Carter

*Robert Lee Carter was born on this date in 1917. He was an African American Attorney, United States District Judge and Civil Rights activist.

From Caryville, Florida, while still very young, his mother moved north to Newark, New Jersey, where he was raised. Carter graduated from high school at sixteen and earned his undergraduate degree in political science from Lincoln University (Pennsylvania) and his law degree from Howard University School of Law in 1940, both on scholarship. He also was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

Michele Obama born

Michele Obama

*Michelle Obama was born on this date in 1964. She is an African American attorney, administrator community advocate and wife of Present Barack Obama.

Born Michelle LaVaughn Robinson in Chicago, Illinois, she is the daughter of Fraser Robinson III, a city water plant employee and Democratic precinct captain, and Marian Shields, a secretary at Spiegel's catalog store. She grew up in a two-story house on Euclid Street in Chicago's South Shore. They attended services at nearby South Shore Methodist Church.

Andre Cailloux, Civil War Hero

Andre Cailloux funeral
Steven Ochs

*The birth of Andre Cailloux in 1825 is celebrated on this date. He was a Black businessman and soldier in the Civil War.

James Skivring Smith, Liberian politician

James Skivring Smith

*James Skivring Smith was born on this date in 1825. He was a Black doctor and politician.

Alan Minns, a first for black England

Alan Minns

*Allan Minns was born on this date 1858. He was a Black British doctor and politician and the first black man to become a mayor in England. He was elected Mayor of Thetford, Norfolk in 1904.