1934

Etta Moten, stage and screen star, was the first Black actress to sing at the White House.

1939

Marian Anderson sang at Lincoln Memorial after Daughters of American Revolution prohibited her from singing at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

1940

Dean of Howard Law School, Judge William H. Hastie, became head of Civilian Aid to the Secretary of War in Matters of Black Rights.

1941

President Roosevelt succumbed to pressure by Blacks and created executive orders to combat unfair labor practices and military discrimination after A. Philip Randolph, President of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, proposed massive march on Washington.

D.C. Bar Association removed restrictions barring Blacks from using it’s library housed in the federally owned District Court Building.

1954

Following decision on Brown v. Board of Education, segregated schools ended in the District.

Courts ruled discrimination in restaurants in D.C. was illegal and unconstitutional.

1961

Passing of the 23rd Amendment to the Constitution allowed District residents the right to vote for the President of the United States.

 

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November 2000