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March other Notable African American Achievers

March 2, 1867 - U.S. Congress enacts charter to establish Howard University.

 

March 3, 1865 - Freeman’s Bureau established by federal government to aid newly freed slaves.

 

March 5, 1770 - Crispus Attucks becomes one of the first casualties of the American Revolution.

 

March 6, 1857 - U.S. Supreme Court issues Dred Scott decision.

 

March 9, 1941 - Amistad mutineers freed by U.S. Supreme Court.

 

March 10, 1913 - Harriet Tubman dies.March 11, 1959 - Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin In the Sun” opens at Barrymore Theater, New York, the first play by a Black woman to premier on Broadway.

 

March 12, 1932 - Andrew Young, former U.N. ambassador and former mayor of Atlanta, born.

 

March 13, 1773 - Jean Baptiste Pointe Du Sable, black pioneer and explorer, founded Chicago.

 

March 14, 1965 - Montgomery bus boycott ends when municipal bus service is desegregated.

 

March 17, 1885 - William F. Cosgrove patents automatic stop plug for gas and oil pipes.

 

March 17, 1890 - Charles B. Brooks patents street sweeper.

 

March 20, 1883 - Jan. E. Matzeliger patents shoe-making machine

 

March 20, 1912 - Carter Woodson receives doctorate from Harvard University.

 

March 21, 1965 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. leads march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., for voting rights.

 

March 22, 1898 - J.W. Smith patents lawn sprinkler.

 

March 26, 1872 - Thomas J. Martin patents fire extinguisher.

 

March 30, 1870 - Fifteenth Amendment ratified, guaranteeing voting rights to African Americans

 

March 31, 1988 - Toni Morrison wins Pulitzer Prize for Beloved.

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