This Month in Black History

First Black admitted to US Supreme Court Bar

February 1865

John S Rock became the first African American admitted to argue a case in the United States Supreme Court.



First black senator.

February 1870
Hiram Revels, a Republican from South Carolina was sworn in as the first Black United States Senator.



Father of Black History
February 1926
Carter G Woodson started Negro History Week. In 1976 it was expanded to Black History Month.



First Black to head Democratic Party
February 1989
Ronald H Brown was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He was the first African American to head a major political party.


First black to walk in spce.
February 1995
Bernard Harris became the first black astronaut to walk in space.