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African American History Timeline: 1901-2000

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Year Events SubjectCountryStateEra

1901 The last African American congressman elected in the 19th Century, George H. White, Republican of North Carolina, leaves office. No African American will serve in Congress for the next 28 years. 01-01 Black Politics

United States

North Carolina

1901-2000

1901 On October 11, when Bert Williams and George Walker record their music for the Victor Talking Machine Company, they become the first African American recording artists. 10-11 Black Entertainment

United States

New York

1901-2000

1901 On October 16, only one month after becoming President, Theodore Roosevelt holds an afternoon meeting at the White House with Booker T. Washington. At the end of the meeting the President informally invites Washington to remain for dinner, making the Tuskegee educator the first black American to dine at the White House with a president. Roosevelts casual act generates a national furor. 10-16 Segregated America

United States

District of Columbia

1901-2000

1901 Booker T. Washington"s autobiography Up From Slavery is published. 1901 Art and Literature

United States

Alabama

1901-2000

1902 In May jockey Jimmy Winkfield wins the Kentucky Derby in an era when African American jockeys dominate the sport. 05-01 African American Athletes

United States

Kentucky

1901-2000

1903 W.E.B. Du Bois"s The Souls of Black Folk s is published on April 27. In it Du Bois rejects the gradualism of Booker T. Washington, calling for agitation on behalf of African American rights. 04-27 Segregated America

United States

New York

1901-2000

1903 Maggie Lena Walker founds St. Lukes Penny Savings Bank in Richmond, Virginia. 04-28 Black Business

United States

Virginia

1901-2000

1904 Educator Mary McLeod

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