1967

The Virginia branch of the NAACP creates a new plan to stop riots.

1968

Nixon decides to keep D.C. Mayor Walter E. Washington in his position for the new presidential administration.

1969

The Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce in New Orleans and The President of the New Orleans Jazz Museum establishes a drive to build a monument.

1970

For the second time in less than a year, singer James Brown is hit with a paternity suit. He denies he is the father.

1971

A jury is unable to make a decision on the case involving Black Panthers Bobby Seale and Ericka Huggins for conspiracy in the death of Alex Rackley.

Johnson Products becomes the first African-American owned company to be listed on a major U.S. stock exchange

Leroy “Satchel” Paige is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. He is the first former Negro Baseball League player to be inducted.

New York Congresswoman Shirley Chisolm is the first African-American to campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. Chisolm’s bid is unsuccessful.

1972

Barbara Jordan and Andrew Young become the first African-American Congressional representatives from the South since 1898.

1973

Thomas Bradley is elected mayor Los Angeles. Bradley is the first African-American to hold this position and is reelected four times, holding his position for 20 years.

Maynard H. Jackson Jr. is elected as the first African-American mayor of Atlanta.

Coleman Young becomes the first African-American mayor of Detroit.

1974

Henry “Hank” Aaron hits his 715th home run. Aaron’s record makes him the all-time leader in home runs in major league baseball.

The Links makes the most significant single monetary donation from any African-American organization to the United Negro College Fund.

1975

Following the death of Elijah Muhammad, his son, Wallace D. takes over the Nation of Islam.

1976

Barbara Jordan, a congresswoman representing Texas, is the first African-American woman to deliver the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention.

1977

Andrew Young is the first African-American to become a U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

1979

Brig. Gen. Frank Peterson become Marines’ first general.

1982

Bryant Gumbel becomes the first African-American to be an anchor on a major network when he joins “The Today Show.”

1983

Vanessa Williams is the first African-American to be crowned Miss America.

1984

Along with his four gold metal wins in the Olympics, Carl Lewis was also received the Black athlete of the Year award.

1985

Gwendolyn Brooks becomes the first African-American to be named the U.S. Poet Laureate.

1986

The Oprah Winfrey show becomes a nationally syndicated talk show.

1987

Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye, along with nine other artists are inducted into the Rock N’ Roll hall of fame.

1990

Nelson Mandela is freed after serving 27 years in a South African prison.

LaTrina Antoine

Special to the AFRO