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.

November 8, 2012
| Herbert Carter Passed Away

Academic administrator and tuskegee airman Herbert Carter passed away on this date at the age of 93.


November 8, 1985
| Reuben "Hurricane" Carter Released from Prison

Former professional boxer Reuben "Hurricane" Carter was released from prison on this date.


November 8, 1966
| First Black U.S. Senator Elected Since Reconstruction

Edward W. Brooke III became the first Black elected to the U.S. Senate since Reconstruction on this date in Massachusetts.


November 8, 1966
| Donnell Walton is Born

Physicist Donnell Walton was born on this date in Mt. Clemens, Michigan.


November 8, 1962
| First Black Elected to Georgia State's Legislature

Leroy Johnson became the first Black elected to Georgia's state legislature since Reconstruction on this date.


November 8, 1960
| Dr. Christopher Leggett is Born

Cardiologist and healthcare executive Dr. Christopher Leggett was born on this date in Cleveland, Ohio.


November 8, 1953
| Ayoka Chenzira is Born

Animator, communications professor, film professor, and film director Ayoka Chenzira was born on this date in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


November 8, 1938
| First African American Woman Elected to State Legislature

Crystla Bird Fauset of Pennsylvania becomes the first African American woman to be elected to a state legislature.


November 8, 1936
| Bertha Hope is Born

Jazz pianist Bertha Hope was born on this date in Vicksburg, Mississippi.


November 8, 1931
| Gloria Toote is Born

Real estate entrepreneur, lawyer, and federal government appointee Gloria Toote was born on this date in New York, New York.


November 8, 1930
| The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace is Born

Academic administrator and cabinet appointee The Honorable Joan Scott Wallace was born on this date in Chicago, Illinois.