1. September 1, 1975:
Daniel “Chappie” James, a former Tuskegee Airman, became the first Black four-star general in the United States Air Force. Along with the promotion came the position of commander in chief of North American Aerospace Defense Command, which gave him operational command of all U.S. and Canadian strategic aerospace defense forces. (see first picture)
2. September 4, 1923:
George Washington Carver of Tuskegee Institute received the Spingarn Medal, the NAACP’s highest award, for distinguished research in agricultural chemistry.
3. September 6, 1963:
Katherine Dunham, American dancer, choreographer, and scholar was a pioneer in the use of folk and ethnic choreography, and considered one of the founders of the anthropological dance movement. With “Aida” in 1963, she became the first Black Woman to choreograph for the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. (see second picture)
4. September 13, 1881:
Lewis Latimer, the freeborn son of escaped slaves, came up with an improved design of the early versions of Thomas Edison's incandescent light bulb. The bulbs had a problem, they burned out quickly -- within a few days, by some accounts. Edison hired Latimer away from rival Hiram Maxim, and Latimer's inventions helped put incandescent lighting within reach of households across America. (see third picture)
5. September 15, 1915:
Carter G Woodson, the Father of Black History, founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, now the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.