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Largo, Md. – Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) has provided customers with internet […]
Largo, Md. – The Washington Nationals and Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) are proud to partner for a second year on “Summer @ […]
Largo, Md. – The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) has a strong track record of developing innovative library leaders […]
Largo, MD. – The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) and the Prince George’s County Human Relations Commission (PGCHRC) join with […]
Largo, Md. – The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) invites the community to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, learn […]
Largo, MD. – After the success of last year’s Summer @ Your Library program, the Washington Nationals selected Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) […]
Largo, MD – Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) has provided customers with internet access, […]
Largo, MD – The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) invites the community to celebrate the gift of libraries and poetry […]
Largo, MD – The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) continues to exemplify the important role of public libraries in adapting […]
June 19 is the first celebration of Juneteenth as a U.S. federal holiday, which commemorates the emancipation of African American […]
Kamala Harris (1964 – ) becomes the first Black and South Asian woman elected Vice-President of the United States.
Three unarmed African Americans are fatally killed. On February 23, Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia; on March 13, Breonna Taylor in […]
Quarterback Colin Kaeperick (1987 – ) takes a knee during the national anthem before a football game to protest police […]
The National Museum of African American History and Culture opens as the newest Smithsonian Institution Museum in Washington, DC.
In Ferguson, Missouri, unarmed Black teen Michael Brown (1996 – 2014) is shot dead by white police officer Darren Wilson […]
The death of Black high school student Trayvon Martin (1995 – 2012) and the acquittal of George Zimmerman (1983 – […]
Barack Obama (1961 – ) becomes the first African American to win the U.S. presidential race.
Condoleezza Rice (1954 – ) takes office as the first Black woman secretary of state.
Black men rally on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for the Million Man March.
Carol Moseley Braun (1947 – ) becomes the first Black woman, and only the second African American, to be elected […]
Toni Morrison (1931 – 2019) is awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, the first Black woman to earn the honor.
Engineer and physician Mae Jemison (1956 – ) becomes the first Black woman to go to space as part of […]
Four white Los Angeles police officers are acquitted of beating African American Rodney King (1965 – 2012). The verdict led […]
Douglas Wilder (1931 – ) becomes the first African American to be elected governor of a state (Virginia).
Oprah Winfrey (1954 – ) launches a syndicated talk show. It later became the highest-rated talk show in history.
The first federal holiday for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is observed on the third Monday in January.
Jesse Jackson (1941 – ) becomes the second African American to mount a U.S. presidential candidacy.
Colonel Guion Bluford, Jr. (1942 – ) becomes the first African American to go to space as part of the […]
Based on the Alex Haley novel, the miniseries “Roots” airs its finale, which is watched by 36 million households.
President Gerald Ford (1913 – 2006) officially recognizes Black History Month, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to […]
Baseball player Hank Aaron (1934 – 2021) of Atlanta Braves hits his 715th career home run.
Civil rights activist Marian Wright Edelman establishes The Children’s Defense Fund.
Shirley Chisholm becomes the first Black woman to campaign for a major party presidential nomination.
Guitarist Jimi Hendrix headlines the Woodstock Music Festival in upstate New York.
Shirley Chisholm (1924 – 2005) is sworn in as the first Black woman elected to Congress.
Tommie Smith and John Carlos raise a black-gloved fist during the playing of the U.S. national anthem at the Olympics […]
Arthur Ashe (1943 – 1993) becomes the first African American man to win the U.S. Open.
President Lyndon Johnson (1908 – 1973) signs the Civil Rights Act of 1968 prohibiting housing discrimination.
The PGCMLS Oxon Hill Library opens, including the Sojourner Truth African American Research Collection in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
Edward W. Brooke (1919 – 2015) becomes the first African American U.S. Senator since Reconstruction. He serves two terms as […]
The Voting Rights Act is passed, outlawing the practices used in the South to disenfranchise African American voters.
Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929 – 1968) and others set up the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, a leading engine of […]
In Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks (1913 – 2005) is arrested for breaking a city ordinance by refusing to give up […]
Brown v. Board of Education case: strikes down segregation as unconstitutional.
Ex-slave Frederick Douglass (1818 – 1895) publishes the anti-slavery North Star newspaper.
Plessy v. Ferguson case: racial segregation is ruled constitutional by the Supreme Court. The “Jim Crow” (“separate but equal”) laws begin, […]
Tennessee passes the first of the “Jim Crow” segregation laws, segregating state railroads. Similar laws are passed over the next […]
The era of Reconstruction ends. A deal is made with southern democratic leaders which makes Rutherford B. Hayes (1822 – […]
The 14th Amendment is ratified, defining citizenship. This overturns the Dred Scott decision.
The “Black Codes” are passed by all white legislators of the former Confederate States. Congress passes the Civil Rights Act, […]
The Civil War ends. Lincoln is assassinated. The 13th Amendment to the Constitution, prohibiting slavery, is ratified. The era of […]
Massachusetts 54th regiment of African American troops led by Colonel Robert Gould Shaw (1837 – 1863) marches out of Boston […]
Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation proclaims that all slaves in rebellious territories are forever free.
Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1865) is elected president, angering the southern states.
The Dred Scott v. Sanford case: congress does not have the right to ban slavery in the states; slaves are not citizens.
Congress passes another Fugitive Slave Act, which mandates government participation in the capture of escaped slaves. Boston citizens, including some […]
Harriet Tubman (c. 1820 – 1913) escapes from slavery and becomes an instrumental leader of the Underground Railroad.
Approximately 75,000 slaves escape to the North using the Underground Railroad.
In Boston, William Lloyd Garrison (1805 – 1879) begins publication of the anti-slavery newspaper the Liberator and becomes a leading voice in […]
The Stono Rebellion, one of the earliest slave revolts, occurs in Stono, South Carolina.