Events in the American Black experience that include people, places, items, and timelines.

White activist killed in Charlottesville, VA

Heather D. Heyer

*On this date in 2017, a Neo-Nazi sympathizer in Charlottesville, VA murdered a white activist.

Two whites murdered defending black women

Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche
and Ricky John Best

*On this date in 2017, two white men were killed and another injured on a public light rail transit after they intervened when another white man yelled hate speech toward ethnicities and religions of color at two black women.

New Orleans founded, (Creole people affirmed)

*The city of New Orleans was founded on this date in 1718 and the Registry celebrates the Creole ethnicity, culture and heritage on this date.

New Orleans removes last confederate monument

*On this date in 2017 the last of four confederate monuments in New Orleans were removed from public view in the crescent city.

White SAE Frat members sing racist song

OU students protesting Frat song

*On this date in 2015, white student members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity from the University of Oklahoma were caught performing a racist chant against African Americans.

First Black African plays in an MLB game

*On this date in 2017, Gift Ngoepe of the Pittsburgh Pirates, promoted to the major leagues from Indianapolis became the first Black African born player to play in a Major League game.

Black Indians, the Lumbee Tribe

*On this date from 1725 we affirm the Lumbee American Indian tribe. As of this writing (2017) California, South Dakota and Tennessee were the only American states with official days honoring the American Indian.

Presidental candidate Barack Obama speaks on Race

*On this date in 2008, Barack Obama gave a speech on race during his first presidential campaign. A storm was threatening to overwhelm his path breaking presidential nomination. Excerpts of racially charged sermons by his former minister and spiritual mentor, Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., who for 20 years had been pastor of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ, were all over the news. In the spring of that year, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (then) Senator Obama delivered “We the people, in order to form a more perfect union.” Here is a transcript of that speech.

The Merikins community established

Merikins descendant

*The origin of the Merikins is celebrated on this date in 1814. They were African expatriates of the War of 1812, freed black slaves who fought for the British against the American colonies.

NMAAHC opens

*The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) opened on this date in 2016.