1. June 17, 1775: Peter Salem and Salem Poor were two African Americans commended for their service on the American side at the battle of Bunker Hill.
2. June 2, 1899: Black Americans observed a day of fasting called by National Afro-American Council to protest lynching and racial massacres.
3. June 1, 1921: The Tulsa Race Massacre, which left somewhere between 30 and 300 people dead, mostly African Americans, and destroyed Tulsa’s prosperous Black neighborhood of Greenwood, known as the “Black Wall Street.”
4. June 22, 1937: Joe Louis defeated James J. Braddock to become the Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the world.
5. June 25, 1941: President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued an executive order forbidding discrimination in defense industries after pressure from African Americans.
6. June 3, 1949: Wesley A. Brown became the first black graduate of Annapolis Naval Academy.