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Notable moments: Blacks in American History

3/21/2013, 10:39 a.m.

March 9, 1965: Turnaround Tuesday, was the second attempt to March from Selma to Montgomery, Ala.

March 21, 1965: Selma to Montgomery March, the third march, lasted five days under the protection of the U.S. Army, Alabama National Guard, FBI and Federal Marshals.

Aug. 6, 1965: President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act.

Nov. 8, 1966: Edward Brooke was the first African American elected to the U.S. Senate since the Reconstruction.

Jan. 10, 1967: Joseph Edwin Lockridge was the first African American to represent in Dallas County in the Texas House.

June 13,1967: Thurgood Marshall became the first Black Supreme Court Justice.

Nov. 5, 1968: Shirley Chisholm became the first Black woman elected to the U.S. Congress.

Jan. 4, 1971: The Congressional Black Caucus was organized.

Feb. 9, 1971: Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige, legendary pitcher who played both Negro League and Major League Baseball, was first player from Negro Leagues to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

July 5, 1975: Arthur Ashe became Wimbledon Champion.

Oct. 1, 1989: Colin Powell became the first Ð and to date, the only Ð African American to serve as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Spring 1990: Barack H. Obama became the first African American to be elected as the president of the Harvard Law Review.

Dec. 10, 1993: Nelson Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Jan. 20, 2001: Colin Powell was the first African American appointed as the United States Secretary of State.

Jan. 20, 2001: Condoleezza Rice became the first African American and first woman to serve as the National Security Advisor.

Jan. 26, 2005: Condoleezza Rice was the first African American woman appointed as the United States Secretary of State.

Jan. 20, 2009: Barack H. Obama was the first African American to be elected as the president of the United States of America.

This timeline was compiled by The Dallas Examiner from information provided by various government publications and those of organizations related to the subject.