Historic Events by Name

  • Tue, 1766-09-02

    *James Forten’s birth is marked on this date in 1766. He was a Black businessman and abolitionist.

    From Philadelphia of free Black...

  • Mon, 1833-09-02

    *Oberlin College was founded on this date in 1833. It has one of the most revered African American history of any American college.

    It is...

  • Mon, 1867-09-02

    *Chicago State University began conducting classes on this date in 1867. CSU is one of over 100 Historically Black colleges and Universities in...

  • Wed, 1896-09-02

    Edith Wilson was born on this date in 1896. She was an African American blues singer.

    Born Edith Goodall, she came from a middle-class...

  • Wed, 1896-09-02

    Amanda Randolph was born on this date in 1896. She was an African American actress.

    Born in Louisville, KY, she and her younger sister...

  • Tue, 1902-09-02

    *On this date in 1902, Rex Goreleigh was born. He was an African American painter.

    From Peullyn, Pennsylvania, Goreleigh became...

  • Fri, 1910-09-02

    *Dorothy Leigh Maynor was born on this date in 1910. She was an African American opera singer and educator.

    From Norfolk, Virginia,...

  • Mon, 1912-09-02

    On this date in 1912, Romare Bearden, African American and one of the 20th century’s most important artists, was born.

    Born Fred Howard...

  • Fri, 1921-09-02

    *Ozzie Williams was born on this date in 1921. He is an African American Engineer.

    From Washington, D. C., his father was Oswald S....

  • Sun, 1928-09-02

    *Horace Silver was born on this date in 1928. He is an African American jazz arranger and musician.

    Born in Norwalk, Connecticut, Silver...

  • Mon, 1946-09-02

    *Billy Preston was born on this date in1946. He was an African American musician and singer.

    From Houston, Texas, and raised mostly in...