This Day in Black History

This Day in Black History highlights historical events and groundbreaking achievements of African-Americans. Each day, BET.com presents a new historical fact and provides context for how these individuals and events influenced change. From the heroes of the Underground Railroad to the civil rights movement to the election of the country's first Black president, look back at how African-Americans have impacted the world.

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This Day in Black History: Sept. 1, 1977

Blues, gospel and jazz vocalist and actress Ethel Waters died on Sept. 1, 1977.

This Day in Black History: Aug. 31, 1935

Eldridge Cleaver, a leader in the Black Panther Party, was born on Aug. 31, 1935.

This Day in Black History: Aug. 30, 1967

Thurgood Marshall confirmed as first African-American Supreme Court justice on Aug. 30, 1967.

This Day in Black History: Aug. 28, 2008

Barack Obama accepts the Democratic presidential nomination on Aug. 28, 2008.

This Day in Black History: Aug. 27, 1963

W. E. B. Du Bois died in Ghana, West Africa, on Aug. 27, 1963.

This Day in Black History: Aug. 26, 1968

On Aug. 26, 1968, Julian Bond received an invalid vice presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention.
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