Politics/Law/Military

Those who shape Black history as elected officials, the military, lawyers, judges, and more.

Afro Latino Adriano Espaillat born


Adriano Espaillat

*Adriano Espaillat was born on this date in 1954. He is an Afro Latino American politician and community advocate.

From in Santiago, Dominican Republic, Adriano D. Espaillat is the son of Melba (née Rodríguez) and Ulises Espaillat and the great-grandson of Dominican President Ulises Espaillat. He describes himself as "a Latino of African decent." He graduated from Bishop Dubois High School in 1974 and earned his B.S. degree in political science at Queens College in 1978.

Charles E. Vanderburgh born


Charles E. Vanderburgh

*Charles Vanderburgh was born on this date in 1829. He was a white American lawyer, abolitionist and judge.

Born in Saratoga County, New York, Charles Edwin Vanderburgh graduated from Yale University in 1852. He taught school and studied law in Oxford, New York. In 1856, Vanderburgh moved to Minnesota Territory and practiced law in Minneapolis. In 1859, elected District Judge, Fourth Judicial District.

James Seale, segregationist born


James F. Seale

*James Seale was born on this date in 1935. He was a white farmer, police officer and Ku Klux Klan member.

The Harlem Hell fighters commissioned

*The Harlem Hell fighters were commissioned on this date in, 1913. They were an all black WWI 369th Infantry Regiment of the U.S. Army.

Jewel Stradford born


Jewel Stradfrod

*Jewel Stradford was born on this date in 1922. She was an African American politician and lawyer.

Tuskegee Airman Rosco Brown born


Rosco C. Brown

*Rosco Brown was born on this date in 1922. He was an African American educator and military hero in WW II.

Henry Lincoln Johnson born


Henry L. Johnson

*Henry Johnson was born on this date in 1892. He was a decorated African American soldier in WW1.

Needham Roberts born


Needham Roberts

*Needham Roberts was born on this date in 1901. He was a decorated African American World War I US Army Soldier.

From Trenton, NJ., Needham Roberts was the son of a pastor. In 1917, he left his job as a drugstore clerk to enlist in the Army and serve his county. He was 15 or 16 years old at the time. He lied to the recruiter and told him he was 19 so he could join. He was assigned to the New York Fifteenth Infantry, which later became the 369th Infantry ("Harlem's Hellfighters"). He was sent to France with his regiment where they were put under the control of the French Army.

Norman Rice, public policy advocate


Norman B. Rice

*Norman Rice was born on this date in 1943. He is an African American politician, administrator and community activist.

Alexander Tureaud, Lawyer born


Alexander Tureaud Sr.

*Alexander Tureaud was born on this date in 1899. He was an African American Attorney and civil rights leader.

Alexander Pierre Tureaud, Sr. grew up at 907 Kerlerac Street, one block below Esplanade, at the bend of Dauphine in New Orleans' Seventh Ward, known as the black Creole community. His father, Louis Tureaud, was a carpenter/contractor and his mother Eugenia was a housewife and part-time domestic. There were eleven children, six boys and five girls. The family attended St. Augustine Catholic Church.