19 August 2011
Benjamin Banneker writes letter to then secretary of state Thomas Jefferson. The letter showed the hypocrisy of slavery. Banneker challenged the idea of freedom for whites as the ascribed it to be the same freedom that should be granted to Africans.
Edith Sampson is the first African American appointed as a representative to the UN.
Ralph J.Bunche named undersecretary of the United Nations.
Members of NAACP Youth Council began series of sit-ins at Oklahoma City Lunch counters.
Defying apartheid laws, Bishop Desmond Tutu walks alone on a South African beach, 1989