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Gwendolyn Brooks awarded Pulitzer Prize (May 1) for her book of poetry, Annie Allen. She was the first Black cited by the Pulitzer committee.
Branch Normal College opens in Pine Bluff, Ark., A segregated unit of the state university, the college is established by Joseph C. Corbin
John Mercer Langston named minister of Haiti.
National Guard mobilizing in San Francisco.
Hiram R. Revels, first Black U.S. senator, born free, Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Stephanie Pogue, artist, born
Charles H. Houston awarded the Spingarn Medal posthumously for his pioneering work in developing the NAACP legal campaign.
Greg Morris, actor Mission: Impossible, born
Ezzard Charles defeated Joe Louis in heavyweight championship fight in New York City.
First Louisiana Native Guards, the first Black regiment to receive official recognition, mustered into army. Regiment was composed of free Blacks of New Orleans.
Black leaders protested discrimination in the armed forces and war industries at a White House meeting with President Roosevelt.
Ralph J. Bunche, director of the UN Trusteeship division and former professor of political science at Howard University, awarded the Nobel Peace prize (September 22) for successful mediation of the Palestine conflict. He was the first Black to receive a Nobel citation.
First published blues composition, W,C. Handys Memphis Blues, went on sale in Memphis.
The first blues song, WC Handy publishes Memphis Blues, 1912
Washington D.C.s Anacostia Museum dedicated to informing the community of contributions by African Americans to U.S. political, social, and cultural history, opens
Xavier University, the first Black Catholic college in the US, opens in New Orleans
Edward Mitchell Bannister wins a bronze medal for his painting Under the Oaks at the American Centennial Exposition, in Philadelphia. The award will cause controversy among whites who think African Americans incapable of artistic excellence.
School integration began in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Md., public schools.
Louisiana voters endorsed constitutional convention and elected delegates in first election under Reconstruction acts. The vote was 75,000 for the convention and 4,000 against. Elections for delegates to the conventions were held in other Southern states in October and November.