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 15, 2014
| Herman Russell Passed Away

Construction executive Herman Russell passed away on this date at the age of 83.


November 15, 2009
| Michael Scott, Sr. Passed Away

Education chief executive Michael Scott, Sr. passed away on this date at the age of 60.


November 15, 2007
| Reverend John H. Cross, Jr. Passed Away

Pastor Reverend John H. Cross, Jr. passed away on this date at the age of 82.


November 15, 1966
| First African American NBA Coach

Bill Russell is named the coach of the Boston Celtics, becoming the first African American coach in the National Basketball Association.


November 15, 1955
| Earl Lewis is Born

History professor, academic administrator, and foundation chief executive Earl Lewis was born on this date in Norfolk, Virginia.


November 15, 1948
| Robert Goodwin is Born

Foundation chief executive Robert Goodwin was born on this date in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


November 15, 1943
| Dr. Lillian M. Beard is Born

Medical professor and pediatrician Dr. Lillian M. Beard was born on this date in New York, New York.


November 15, 1932
| Clyde McPhatter is Born

R&B singer Clyde McPhatter was born on this date in Durham, North Carolina.


November 15, 1924
| James McQuay is Born

Furrier James McQuay was born on this date in Baltimore, Maryland.


November 15, 1921
| William A. Gaines is Born

Inventor William A. Gaines was born on this date in Mamaroneck, New York.


November 15, 1921
| Alexander Jefferson is Born

Education administrator Alexander Jefferson was born on this date in Detroit, Michigan.


November 15, 1881
| Payton Johnson Receives Patent

Inventor Payton Johnson patented his swinging chair on this date.