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


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


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


The Oprah Winfrey show becomes a nationally syndicated talk show.


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.


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

LaTrina Antoine

Special to the AFRO