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A History of Black Achievement in America

This original, eight-part series documents Black Achievement in American history, its defining role in the growth of the country, and its influence on current events
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Settling the New World and the Founding of the United States
  • 1619 - 1621 Blacks Arrive at Jamestown
  • 1705 The Virginia General Assembly Passes the Slave Codes
  • 1762 Entrepreneur Samuel Fraunces Opens New York City's Most cherished Revolutionary War Site: The F
  • 1770 Crispus Attucks and the Black Patriots
BLA-001 $27.50/yr
Emergence of the Black Hero
  • 1772 - Chicago is Settled by Jean DuSable
  • 1776 - Lemuel Haynes Helps Lay the Foundation for Abolition
  • 1791 - The First Black Man of Science, Benjamin Banneker, Surveys Washington, D.C.
  • 1821 - African Grove Theatre Founded in New York
  • 1822 - Denmark Vesey and the Slave Revolts
  • 1823 - Legendary Mountain Man James Beckwourth Enters the Rockies
  • 1849 - Harriet Tubman Uses Underground Railroad to Become Free
BLA-002 $27.50/yr
The Fight for Freedom
  • 1851 - Sojourner Truth Delivers Famous "Ain't I a Woman?" Speech
  • 1854 - First Black University Founded: Lincoln University
  • 1855 - Frederick Douglass Publishes My Bondage and My Freedom
  • 1857 - Dred Scott Decision Helps Trigger the Civil War
  • 1863 - Lincoln Signs Emancipation Proclamation
  • 1863 - Black Regiment Storms Fort Wagner in the Civil War
  • 1865 - 1869 - - 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments Establish Civil Rights for All
BLA-003 $27.50/yr
Blacks Enter the Gilded Age
  • 1875 - Robert Smalls, Former Slave, Elected to House
  • 1878 - The Black Cowboy and George McJunkin
  • 1881 - Booker T. Washington Opens Tuskegee Institute
  • 1884 - T. Thomas Fortune Prophesies the Long and Bitter Struggle for Equality
  • 1887 - Granville T. Woods, Called the "Black Edison," Patents the Induction Telegraph System
  • 1893 - Ida B. Wells - Barnett Crusades Against Black Lynching in America
  • 1896 - Plessy v. Ferguson Case Upholds Segregation
BLA-004 $27.50/yr
The Foundation for Equality
  • 1904 - Scott Joplin and Ma Rainey Initiate the Merger of Two Cultures
  • 1909 - Matthew Henson Discovers the North Pole
  • 1909 - W.E.B. Du Bois Founds the NAACP
  • 1924 - George Washington Carver, Renaissance Man
  • 1925 - Alain Locke Leads Harlem Renaissance
  • 1926 - Satchel Paige Stars in the National Negro Baseball League
BLA-005 $27.50/yr
Depression and War
  • 1935 - Mary McLeod Bethune: American Woman of the 20th Century
  • 1936 - 38 - Jesse Owens And Joe Louis debunk Hitler's Claim of Aryan superiority
  • 1939 - Hattie McDaniel Wins the Oscar
  • 1940 - First Black General, Benjamin O. Davis Sr., is Stepping Stone to Desegregation of U.S. Army
  • 1943 - Duke Ellington's Band Performs "Black, Brown and Beige" at Carnegie Hall
BLA-006 $27.50/yr
Civil Rights
  • 1950 - Ralph Bunche Wins the Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1950 - Gwendolyn Brooks Becomes the First Black Recipient of the Pulitzer Prize
  • 1954 - Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas
  • 1955 - Rosa Parks Refuses to Give Up Her Seat to a White Passenger on a Montgomery Bus
  • 1956 - Althea Gibson, First Black Woman To Win a Tennis Grand Slam Event
  • 1959 - Lorraine Hansberry's Play A Raisin in the Sun is Produced
  • 1963 - Martin Luther King Jr. Delivers His I have a Dream Speech
BLA-007 $27.50/yr
A New Age
  • 1967 - Muhammad Ali Refuses Induction into the U.S. Army on Religious Grounds
  • 1967 - Thurgood Marshall, First Black U.S. Supreme Court Justice
  • 1977 - Alex Haley's Roots: The Saga of An American Family Appears on TV
  • 2001 - Colin Powell Appointed Secretary of State
  • 2004 - Neil deGrasse Tyson Becomes Astrophysics' Superstar
BLA-008 $27.50/yr
The Barack Obama Era
In the first two decades of the 21st Century a new Black identity was taking shape based not on slavery or the struggle for equal rights but on excellence, on African Americans’ growing role in American politics, on new forms of literature and on a rising Black entrepreneurial class that has found a home in Silicon Valley.
BLA-009 $27.50/yr