Category: Episode

  • Fri, 1987-01-16

    On this date in 1987, an African American socialite was murdered. Phillip Anthony Harwood shot the victim, Lita McClinton Sullivan. He was...

  • Sun, 1988-01-31

    *On this date in 1988, the first Black Super Bowl MVP was named.

    Washington Redskins quarterback Doug Williams, the first African...

  • Sat, 1988-02-27

    *On this date in 1988, world-class figure skater Debi Thomas made an Olympic first. She won a bronze medal in the Winter Olympic Games in Calgary...

  • Tue, 1988-09-06

    On this date in 1988, Lee Roy Young became the first African- merican Texas Ranger in the 20th Century.

    The history of the Texas Rangers...

  • Tue, 1988-11-08

    On this date in 1988, the first African American officially qualified to run for president of the United States of America since 1972.

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  • Mon, 1989-08-07

    *On this date in 1989 Congressman George Thomas "Mickey" Leland was killed in Africa. He and members of his congressional staff (including...

  • Sat, 1989-08-19

    *On this date in 1989, Anglican Bishop Desmond Tutu of Johannesburg, the first Black Bishop of his church; defied apartheid laws by walking alone...

  • Mon, 1989-11-20

    On this date in 1989, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of reverse discrimination suits.

    The establishment of racial quotas in the...

  • Thu, 1990-01-18

    On this date in 1990, the FBI and D.C. police arrested Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry.

    He was charged with possession of cocaine at...

  • Fri, 1990-01-26

    *On this date in 1990, the first Black Woman executive in major league baseball MLB was named.

    Elaine Weddington Steward was named...

  • Fri, 1990-02-02

    *On this date in 1990, South African President F.W. de Klerk publicly promised to free imprisoned political prisoner Nelson Mandela and lift his...

  • Sun, 1990-02-11

    *On this date in 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from prison. He was (then) a South African political activist and member of the African...

  • Sun, 1990-06-10

    On this date in 1990, a Florida state court declared "As Nasty As They Wanna" be by the RAP Group "The 2 Live Crew" to be legally obscene. The...

  • Wed, 1990-06-13

    On this date in 1990, the first African American woman was named assistant coach in Division I NCAA basketball. Bernadette Locke was hired at the...

  • Tue, 1990-11-06

    On this date in 1990, Sharon Pratt Dixon was elected as the mayor of Washington D.C.

    Dixon was sworn in to the position on January 2,...

  • Sun, 1991-03-03

    *This date marks the anniversary of the Rodney King beating. On March 3, 1991, white police officers in Los Angeles, California, stopped a car...

  • Sat, 1991-03-16

    *On this date in 1991, Latasha Harlins was killed. Thirteen days after the Rodney King beating, a storeowner shot and killed Black teenager...

  • Mon, 1991-08-19

    *On this date in 1991 the Crown Heights riot occurred. The deaths of Melbourne Hasidic scholar Yankel Rosenbaum and Black seven-year-old Gavin...

  • Sun, 1991-10-06

    The Scott Joplin House opened as a Missouri State Historic site on this date in 1991. Joplin was an African American composer of Ragtime jazz in...

  • Fri, 1991-10-11

    On this date in 1991, Anita Hill a University of Oklahoma law professor, gave senate testimony accusing Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of...