Historic Episodes, Locations or People by Name

  • Tue, 1825-05-03

    On this date in 1825, Laura Matilda Towne was born. She was a White American educator and abolitionist.

    From Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,...

  • Thu, 1855-05-03

    *Josephine Leavell was born on this date in 1855. She was an African American pianist, organist and music teacher.

    From Trenton,...

  • Wed, 1876-05-03

    *On this date in 1876, a race riot happened in Indianapolis, Indiana over voting rights.

    Long after the 15th Amendment to the...

  • Tue, 1898-05-03

    On this date in 1898, Septima P. Clark was born. She was an African American educator and civil rights activist in Charleston, S.C.

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  • Fri, 1907-05-03

    This date marks the birth of Canada Lee (Lionel Cornelius Canegata, his name at birth) in 1907. He was an African American actor and one of the...

  • Mon, 1920-05-03

    John Lewis was born on this date in 1920. He was an African American jazz and classic composer and keyboardist.

    From La Grange, Ill.,...

  • Tue, 1921-05-03

    Sugar Ray Robinson was born on this date in 1921. He was an African American professional boxer, six times a world champion: once as a...

  • Thu, 1923-05-03

    *Clara Luper was born on this date in 1923.  She was an African American...

  • Wed, 1933-05-03

    On this date in 1933, James Brown was born. He was an African American singer, producer, and entertainer.

    Born in Barnwell, S.C., Brown...

  • Fri, 1946-05-03

    *The Fultz Quadruplets were born on this date in 1946. They were the first identical Black quad babies born in the United States.

    The...

  • Mon, 1948-05-03

    The Shelley House is celebrated on this date for its role in the U. S. Supreme Court landmark 1948 case of Shelley v. Kraemer, that strengthened...