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.

October 7, 2013
| Lt. Gov. Joe Rogers Passed Away

Lieutenant governor and lawyer Lt. Gov. Joe Rogers passed away on this date at the age of 49.


October 7, 2012
| The Honorable Mervyn M. Dymally Passed Away

State assemblyman The Honorable Mervyn M. Dymally passed away on this date at the age of 86.


October 7, 2001
| Barry Bonds Hits Record 73rd Homerun

Pro baseball slugger Barry Bonds hit his 73rd homeurn on this date. Bonds became the record holder for the most homeruns in one season in Major League Baseball history.


October 7, 1995
| Chicago Honors Jacoby Dickens

Chicago State University renames its Chicago State University Physical Education and Athletics Building the Jacoby D. Dickens Physical Education and Athletics Center in honor of the Chicago businessman and benefactor.


October 7, 1993
| Toni Morrison Awarded Nobel Prize

Toni Morrison is awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature becoming the first African American to win the highest literary honor in the world.


October 7, 1953
| Andre J. Hornsby is Born

Education chief executive Andre J. Hornsby was born on this date in New Orleans, Louisiana.


October 7, 1934
| Imamu Amiri Baraka is Born

Poet, playwright, essayist, and author Imamu Amiri Baraka was born LeRoi Jones on this date in Newark, New Jersey. Some of Baraka's literary works include The Essence of Reparations, The Slave, and Dutchman.


October 7, 1930
| Josie Johnson is Born

Academic administrator and education consultant Josie Johnson was born on this date in San Antonio, Texas.


October 7, 1928
| Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. is Born

Civil rights leader, american history professor, and minister Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. was born on this date in Birmingham, Alabama.


October 7, 1928
| Dr. Gilbert R. Mason, Sr. is Born

Social activist and family practitioner Dr. Gilbert R. Mason, Sr. was born on this date in Jackson, Mississippi.


October 7, 1921
| Henry Presswood is Born

Baseball player Henry Presswood was born on this date in Electric Mills, Mississippi.


October 7, 1911
| James Guilford is Born

Painter and barber James Guilford was born on this date in Boston, Massachusetts.