Called "general," "Moses" and "one of the bravest persons on this continent," Harriet Tubman, born around 1820, died today in 1913.
On February 25, 1870, Hiram R. Revels of Mississippi was sworn in as the first black U.S. Senator.
On Feb. 24, 1868 the House voted to impeach President Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Abraham Lincoln as president of the United States.
Mentored along with Harry Belafonte and others by Paul Robeson, Poitier was red baited during the McCarthy period. He resisted naming names and studio demands that he sign loyalty oaths.
On February 19, 2002, Vonetta Flowers became the first black gold medalist in the history of the Winter Olympic Games.
He became a leader of the abolitionist movement after escaping slavery in 1838, and went on to become an excellent lecturer and writer.
Gerard ran down a range of progressive initiatives Obama has proposed during his five years in the Oval Office. Then he launched his blast at the GOP.
Her voice was "rich, supple and shining, it was in its prime capable of effortlessly soaring from a smoky mezzo to the pure soprano gold of a perfectly spun high C."
White supremacist Byron De La Beckwith was convicted in the murder of African-American civil rights leader Medgar Evers, over 30 years after the crime occurred.
He won five Grey Cups, and is notable for helping to erase the prejudice within the world of sports that black quarterbacks could not succeed in professional football.