Browse or search our African American History timeline. Events on the timeline include key moments in specific HistoryMaker's lives as well as important historical dates.

January 13, 2010
| Albert W. Johnson Passed Away

Auto sales entrepreneur Albert W. Johnson passed away on this date at the age of 89.


January 13, 1990
| Lawrence Wilder Inaugurated

Lawrence Wilder is inaugurated governor of Virginia, the first African American to be elected to that position in the country.


January 13, 1966
| First Black Cabinet Member

Robert C. Weaver becomes the first African American to become a presidential cabinet member when Lyndon B. Johnson appoints him to serve as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.


January 13, 1953
| First African American in All-Star Game

Don Barksdale becomes the first African American to play in an NBA All-Star Game. Barksdale played four years in the NBA, going to the All-Star Game while with the Boston Celtics.


January 13, 1953
| Morris Butch Stewart is Born

Music producer and songwriter Morris Butch Stewart was born on this date in Evanston, Illinois.


January 13, 1944
| Reverend T.L. Barrett is Born

Religious leader and social activist Reverend T.L. Barrett is born in Jamaica, Long Island, New York.


January 13, 1944
| Reverend T. L. Barrett, Jr. is Born

Radio host and pastor Reverend T. L. Barrett, Jr. was born on this date in New York, New York.


January 13, 1935
| MaVynee "Beach Lady" Betsch is Born

Environmental activist and opera singer MaVynee "Beach Lady" Betsch was born on this date in Jacksonville, Florida.


January 13, 1933
| Paul Delaney is Born

Journalism professor and newspaper correspondent Paul Delaney was born on this date in Montgomery, Alabama.


January 13, 1931
| Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry is Born

Social activist and pastor Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry was born on this date in Savannah, Georgia.


January 13, 1925
| Billie Allen is Born

Actress and stage director Billie Allen was born on this date in Richmond, Virginia.


January 13, 1913
| Delta Sigma Theta Founded

The Delta Sigma Theta sorority is founded at Howard University on this date.