This Month in Black History
John S Rock became the first African American admitted to argue a case in the United States Supreme Court.
Hiram Revels, a Republican from South Carolina was sworn in as the first Black United States Senator.
Carter G Woodson started Negro History Week. In 1976 it was expanded to Black History Month.
Ronald H Brown was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He was the first African American to head a major political party.
Bernard Harris became the first black astronaut to walk in space.