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.

August 12, 2010
| Lillian Dickerson Passed Away

Civic activist Lillian Dickerson passed away on this date at the age of 108.


August 12, 2007
| Asa Hilliard, III Passed Away

Educational psychology professor Asa Hilliard, III passed away on this date at the age of 73.


August 12, 2006
| Victoria Adams Passed Away

Civil rights activist Victoria Adams passed away on this date at the age of 79.


August 12, 1977
| Steven Biko Arrested

Steven Biko was arrested on this date in South Africa. Biko was the leader of the Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa.


August 12, 1963
| Karen "Lady in Red" Briggs is Born

Violinist Karen "Lady in Red" Briggs was born on this date in New York, New York.


August 12, 1958
| Hilary Shelton is Born

Civic leader Hilary Shelton was born on this date in St. Louis, Missouri.


August 12, 1955
| Curtis Symonds is Born

Broadcast executive and sports executive Curtis Symonds was born on this date in Bermuda, Bermuda.


August 12, 1952
| The Honorable Melvin "Kip" Holden is Born

Mayor The Honorable Melvin "Kip" Holden was born on this date in New Orleans, Louisiana.


August 12, 1946
| William Bundy is Born

Commander William Bundy was born on this date in Baltimore, Maryland.


August 12, 1944
| Renee Poussaint is Born

Journalist Renee Poussaint was born on this date in New York City, New York.


August 12, 1937
| Walter Dean Myers is Born

Fiction writer Walter Dean Myers was born on this date in Martinsburg, West Virginia.


August 12, 1935
| A.B. Spellman is Born

Writer and executive for the National Endowment for the Arts A.B. Spellman, Jr. is born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.


August 12, 1935
| A. B. Spellman is Born

Federal government official and author A. B. Spellman was born on this date in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.


August 12, 1933
| Camille Billops is Born

Fine artist, archivist, and film producer Camille Billops was born on this date in Los Angeles, California.


August 12, 1922
| Ophelia DeVore is Born

Fashion and talent entrepreneur Ophelia DeVore was born on this date in Edgefield, South Carolina.