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National Archives EEO Special Emphasis Observances

Holiday It took 15 years to create the federal Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Congressman John Conyers, Democrat from Michigan, first introduced legislation for a commemorative holiday four days after King was assassinated in 1968. After the bill became stalled, petitions endorsing the holiday containing six million names were submitted to Congress. Conyers and Rep. A number of states resisted celebrating the holiday. This holiday, which occurs on the third Monday in January each year, was established to serve as a time for Americans to reflect on the principles of racial equality and nonviolent social change espoused by Dr.

(ref: Top of Page Black History Month Black History Month is a federally recognized, nation-wide celebration during the month of February. In 1926, the noted African American historian, Carter G. History notes on Carter G. Women's History Month Congress to expand the national celebrations to the entire month of March. (ref: Black History Month Timeline. August 20.

Black History Month Timeline

Twenty Africans arrived in Jamestown, Virginia, aboard a Dutch ship. They were the first blacks to be forcibly settled as involuntary laborers in the North American British Colonies. Massachusetts was the first colony to legalize slavery by statute. September 13. The first documented attempt at a rebellion by slaves took place in Gloucester County, Virginia. Maryland was the first state to try to discourage by law the marriage of white women to black men. February 18. April 7. September 9. March 5. Jean Baptiste Point DuSable decided to build a trading post near Lake Michigan, thus becoming the first permanent resident of the settlement that became Chicago. April 19. June 17. African Americans. African American National Biography. General Editors: Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Evelyn Brooks HigginbothamExecutive Editor: Steven J.

African American National Biography

Niven The African American National Biography (AANB) is a joint project of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University and Oxford University Press. Edited by Professors Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, this landmark undertaking resulted in an eight-volume print edition containing over 4,000 individual biographies, indices, and supplementary matter. The AANB, published in February 2008, includes many entries by noted scholars, among them Sojourner Truth by Nell Irvin Painter; W. E. An expanded online edition of the AANB will include an additional 2,000 biographies. The expanded AANB has also allowed us to capture some of the less well-known, but fascinating, characters in African American history. The AANB continues to look for writers for entries to appear in regular updates to its online edition.