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1800:Abolitionist John Brown is born.
1867:Abolitionist and feminist Sojourner Truth delivers a speech at the first meeting of the American Equal Rights Association.
1837:Pickney Benton Stewart Pinchback, a lieutenant governor of Louisiana during the Reconstruction Era is born.
1919:One of the riots associated with the Red Summer of 1919 occurs in Charleston. Two African-Americans are killed.
1950:Jackie Robinson becomes the first African-American to appear of the cover of Life magazine.
Louis Farrakhan, a leader in the Nation of Islam is born.
1950:Oscar DePriest, the first African-American to serve in the United States Congress, dies.
1968:Participants in Martin Luther King Jr.'s Poor People's Campaign begin a two-week protest in Washington D.C.
1914: Heavyweight boxing champion, Joe Louis, is born.
1963:Arthur Ashe becomes the first African-American to make the U.S. Davis Cup tennis team.
1942:The 92nd Infantry is activated in the South Pacific, becoming the first African-American division formed during World War Two.