Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College (LCC) will join the national Act commemorating four centuries of African-American history in the United States. As set forth in “The 400 Years of African-American History Commission Act,” LCC will commemorate, educate, and celebrate the contributions and rich history of African-Americans. Our year-long historical journey will showcase and highlight the many ways African-Americans are interwoven in the fabric of this nation with a history and legacy that must be shared. We will create awareness and expand the understanding and appreciation of the significance of the arrival of Africans in this nation within the LCC and Mid-Michigan community. Through a commitment to recognize and elevate the African-American experience and the significant contributions made - from the abhorrent slave trade, to fighting in the Civil War, surviving Jim Crow segregation, to the civil rights movement and beyond - we seek to illuminate the courage, determination and great accomplishments achieved in the face of mighty oppression.

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Learn more about the contributions, milestones and accomplishments of African-Americans over the last 400 years.

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NAACP

On February 12, 2009, the NAACP marked its 100th anniversary. Spurred by growing racial violence in the early twentieth century, and particularly by 1908 race riots in Springfield, Illinois, a group of African-American leaders joined together to form a new permanent civil rights organization, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). February 12, 1909, was chosen because it was the centennial anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln.

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Article Title: Black History Facts
Author: History.com Editors

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Heavyweight Champ

Jack Johnson became the first African-American man to hold the World Heavyweight Champion boxing title in 1908. He held onto the belt until 1915.

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Article Title: Black History Facts
Author: History.com Editors

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First Lawyer

John Mercer Langston was the first black man to become a lawyer when he passed the bar in Ohio in 1854. When he was elected to the post of Town Clerk for Brownhelm, Ohio, in 1855 Langston became one of the first African Americans ever elected to public office in America. John Mercer Langston was also the great-uncle of Langston Hughes, famed poet of the Harlem Renaissance.

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Article Title: Black History Facts
Author: History.com Editors

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Supreme Court Justice

Thurgood Marshall was the first African American ever appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. He was appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, and served on the court from 1967 to 1991.

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Article Title: Black History Facts
Author: History.com Editors

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Eminent Scientist

George Washington Carver developed 300 derivative products from peanuts among them cheese, milk, coffee, flour, ink, dyes, plastics, wood stains, soap, linoleum, medicinal oils and cosmetics.

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Article Title: Black History Facts
Author: History.com Editors

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First Senator

Hiram Rhodes Revels was the first African American ever elected to the U.S. Senate. He represented the state of Mississippi from February 1870 to March 1871.

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Article Title: Black History Facts
Author: History.com Editors

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First Woman Representative

Shirley Chisholm was the first African American woman elected to the House of Representatives. She was elected in 1968 and represented the state of New York. She broke ground again four years later in 1972 when she was the first major party African-American candidate and the first female candidate for president of the United States.

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Article Title: Black History Facts
Author: History.com Editors

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Self-Made Millionaire

Madam C.J. Walker was born on a cotton plantation in Louisiana and became wealthy after inventing a line of African-American hair care products. She established Madame C.J. Walker Laboratories and was also known for her philanthropy.

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Article Title: Black History Facts
Author: History.com Editors

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Population Growth

The black population of the United States in 1870 was 4.8 million; in 2007, the number of black residents of the United States, including those of more than one race, was 40.7 million.

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Article Title: Black History Facts
Author: History.com Editors

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Oscar Winner

In 1940, Hattie McDaniel was the first African-American performer to win an Academy Award—the film industry’s highest honor—for her portrayal of a loyal slave governess in Gone With the Wind.

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Article Title: Black History Facts
Author: History.com Editors

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Into Space

In 1992, Dr. Mae Jemison became the first African American woman to go into space aboard the space shuttle Endeavor. During her eight-day mission, she worked with U.S. and Japanese researchers, and was a co-investigator on a bone cell experiment.

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Article Title: Black History Facts
Author: History.com Editors

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White House

In 2009, Barack Obama became the first African-American president in U.S. history. He occupied the White House for two consecutive terms, serving from 2009 to 2017.

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Article Title: Black History Facts
Author: History.com Editors

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