Historic Episodes, Locations or People by Name

  • Thu, 1837-08-17

    *Charlotte Grimke was born on this date in 1837. She was a Black abolitionist and poet.

    Charlotte Forten Grimke was from Philadelphia,...

  • Wed, 1887-08-17

    *This date marks the birth of Marcus Garvey in 1887. He was an African American Black Nationalist leader, who was a proponent of the "Back to...

  • Fri, 1894-08-17

    *The founding of Texas College in 1894 is celebrated on this date. One of over 100 historically Black colleges and universities, Texas College is...

  • Tue, 1920-08-17

    *On this date in 1917, John Lee Hooker was born. He was an African American blues singer and pioneer of the art form.

    The Hook (as he is...

  • Wed, 1932-08-17

    *On this date in 1932, the first Gospel Choral Union was organized. This was one of the first organizations for the preservation and development...

  • Sat, 1968-08-17

    *On this date in 1968, the first Miss Black America Pageant was held.

    Held in Philadelphia it was created by J. Morris Anderson. The...

  • Sat, 2002-08-17

    *On this date in 2002, hundreds of Blacks rallied in front of the nation’s capitol to demand slavery reparations, saying that compensation is...