July, 29 1991, Physician Bernard A. Harris, Jr. becomes an astronaut. On February 9, 1995, he became the first African American to perform an extra-vehicular activity (spacewalk), during the second of his two Space Shuttle flights.
Today in Black History, 10/1/2013 - George Robert Carruthers, hall of fame physicist and inventor, was awarded patent number 3,478,216 for his Image Converter for Detecting Electromagnetic Radiation which was flown to the moon on the 1972 Apollo 16 mission. For more info, check out today's notes!
Theodore Sedgwick Wright, prominent clergymen, antislavery leader, and reformer was thought to have been born in New Jersey in 1797. He attended the New York African Free School. With the help of New York Governor Dewitt Clinton, Arthur Tappan and others from Princeton Theological Seminary, he became the first African American graduate from an American Theological seminary.
Dr. Philip Emeagwali Inventor of the World's Fastest Computer Dr. Philip Emeagwali's resume is loaded with many other such feats, including ways of making oil fields more productive. As one of the most famous African-American inventors of the 20th century, Dr. Emeagwali also has won the Gordon Bell Prize – the Nobel Prize for computation. His computers are currently being used to forecast the weather and to predict the likelihood and effects of future global warming.
Members of the No. 2 Construction Battalion. In 1916, the government authorized the creation of the No 2 Construction Battalion, a unit primarily composed of black Canadian enlisted men. This move was in response to pressure from many black Canadians who were not being permitted to enlist in their local infantry battalions.
Sgt William H. Barnes born in St. Mary's County, Maryland, was a 23 year old farmer when he enlisted in the Union Army on Feb. 11, 1864. Only a few months after his enlistment, the morning of Sept. 29th, 1864 found Private Barnes on the outskirts of Richmond, VA. His regiment, the 38th U.S. Colored Troops (USCT), along with the 4th, 5th, 6th and 36th USCT were about to lead an attack on seasoned and entrenched Confederate soldiers, including five infantry regiments from the Texas Brigade…