This Month in Black History
President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation declaring “that all persons held as slaves,” within the rebellious states, “are henceforward shall be free.”
Marian Anderson became the first African American vocal soloist at the Metropolitan Opera.
Samuel L Gravely became the first African American to command a US warship.
Robert C Weaver became the first African American to be appointed to a President’s cabinet. He served as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for President Lyndon Johnson.
The United States recognized the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a federal holiday.
Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States.