1. 1975-Lowell W. Perry confirmed as chairman of the Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
  2. 1971-National Guard mobilized to quell riot in Chattanooga, Tennessee. One person was killed and four hundred were arrested.
  3. 1970-National Guard mobilized to quell disturbances at Ohio State University. Black and white students were demanding an end to ROTC programs and the admission of additional Black students.
  4. 1969-Police and National Guardsmen fired on demonstrators at North Carolina AT&T College. One student was killed and five policemen were injured.
  5. 1961-Governor Patterson declared martial law in Montgomery and called out National Guard.
  6. 1921-Christopher Perry, founder of the Philadelphia Tribune in 1884 died.
  7. 1881-Blanche Kelso Bruce was a US Senator from Mississippi; the first black man to serve a full term in the Senate, and the first person born into slavery to preside over the Senate, he was an advocate for civil rights for blacks, native Americans, Chinese immigrants and former Confederates (as we remember, the radical republicans weren’t too nice to that group). After serving in the Senate, Bruce held many government appointments, including Register of the Treasury (appointed by President Garfield), recorder of deeds for DC, and a second term as Register of the Treasury. Register of the Treasury 5/21/1881 thru 06/05/1885 and 12/03/1897 thru 03/17/1898.
  8. 1862-Mary Patterson becomes the first black woman in the U.S. to earn an M.A. degree-from Oberlin College in Ohio.
  9. 1833-Black students enroll in classes at Oberlin College, Ohio