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African American Philosophy Timeline

  • First slaves arrive in America

    First slaves arrive in America
    In 1619 the first slaves arrives to Jamestown, America as the only cargo on a dutch ship. The captain of the ship traded the 20 africans for food and this event marks the beginning of the horrible slave trade,
  • Wentworth Cheswell

    Wentworth Cheswell
    Wentworth Cheswell born April 11,1746 is considered to be the first african- american officially elected to public office as justice of the peace in New Hampshire. He was also a teacher, a revolutionary war veteran, town constable etc. and had great influence on the early african american history.
  • Vermont

    In 1777 Vermont becomes the first State in the U.S to abolish slavery.
  • Harriet Tubman

    Harriet Tubman
    Harriet Tubman born in Maryland around the 1820's is one of the most famous runaway slaves. She escaped from slavery and became one of the most significant leaders of the Underground Railroad where she save hundreds of slaves by smuggling them cross state lines.
  • The Emancipation Proclamation

    The Emancipation Proclamation
    In 1863 President Lincoln states that all slaves were to be free, the so called Enmancipation Proclamation.
  • WEB DuBois

    WEB DuBois
    WEB Dubois is one of the most acknowledge intelectual African Americans in history. He played a huge role in African American political activism (Niagara movement, NAACP etc) and his work set a high standard for African-american scholarship in America.
  • The 15th Amendment was ratified

    The 15th Amendment was ratified
    On Febuary 3, 1870 the fifteenth amendment to the Unitred States constitution was raitfied. The amendment prohibits the government from denying citizens of America to vote based on "race, color or previous condition of servitude" there for african-americans now had the right to vote.

    The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded on Febuary 12, 1909 by W.E.B Dubois, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Henry Moscowitz , Mary White Ovington, Oswald Garrison Villard, and William English Walling. The organization was a respond to the terrible lynchings of african-americans and its goal was to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.
  • Malcom X

    Malcom X
    Malcom X born may, 19 1925 was a big influence on African- American political philosophy by his preaching of black empowerment and self-sufficiency. Malcom also challenged Americas goverments systematic racism as a spokeperson for the group "Nation of Islam". However the very same group assasinated him in 1965 after he had left the NOI's two years earlier.
  • Rosa Parks

    Rosa Parks
    On December 1, 1955 Rosa Parks, a 42 year old black woman working as a seamstress refused to give up her seat to a white man on the montgomery bus. This small action is today counted as the starting point to the revolutionary protest against segregation in America.
  • The Supreme Court Ruled Segregation on buses to be unconstitutional

    The Supreme Court Ruled Segregation on buses to be unconstitutional
    Sparked by the arrest of Rosa Parks on 1 December 1955, the Montgomery bus boycott was a 13-month mass protest that ended with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that segregation on public buses is unconstitutional.
  • Brown vs. Board of Education

     Brown vs. Board of Education
    The historic Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka case where a class action law suit is filed in the supreme court against Topeka's board of education by 13 parents from Kansas. This case results in the outlawing of segregation in schools.
  • "I have a dream" speech

    "I have a dream" speech
    On August, 28 1963 Martin Luther King Jr, held the famous
    'I have a dream" speech to tens of thousands civil rights activists in Washington DC. Kings speech influenced the government to take direct actions towards the racial inequality in America.
  • Million Man March

    Million Man March
    In 1995 Minister Louis Farrakhan led the biggest demostration ever in Washington DC in an attempt to unite the African- American people and to serve as a wake up call,to take charge and better their lives themselves.
  • Barack Obama

    Barack Obama
    Barack Obama is the 44th president of the United States and first African - American president in U.S history. He was elected in 2008 and then relected again in 2012, he's currently serving his second term.

    Ever since the first slaves arrived to America in the 1600 the African- American community have struggled with discrimination, racism and prejudice. Being treated as lesser part of socity and being denied their American rights sparked a civil rights movement that today are still active in different organizations to better the life for African- Americans. This timline describes a few of the significant events and people in the African American Political Philosophy.