This Month in Black History

Invented the Synchronous Multiplex Railway Telegraph
November 1887
Granville T Woods received a patent for his railway telegraphy. His invention made it possible for moving trains to communicate with one another which helped to decrease rail accidents.


Started Ebony Magazine
ovember 1945
John H Johnson published the first issue of Ebony Magazine November.



First black elected to senate by popular vote.
November 1966

Edward W Brooke became the first African American elected to the United States Senate by popular vote.  He was elected Senator from the state of Massachusetts.


First black woman in Congress
November 1968
Shirley Chisholm became the first Black woman elected to the United States House of Representatives.  She was elected to Congress from the state of New York.


Martin Luther King Jr Holiday
November 1983

President Ronald Reagan signed Publid Law 98-144 designating the 3rd Monday in January a federal holiday to commemorate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


First black to serve as a spaceship commander.
November 1989

The Orbiter Discovery launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida with astronaut Frederick Gregory as spacecraft commander.


First black woman senator.
November 1992
Carol Moseley Braun became the first black woman elected to the United States Senate. She was elected to represent Illinois.


First black president.
November 2008

Barack Hussein Obama was elected 44th President of the United States.