Alcorn State University was founded on the site originally occupied by Oakland College. Back then it was a school for whites established by the Presbyterian Church. Oakland College closed its at the beginning of the American Civil War so its students could fight for the Confederate States of America.
When the war ended, the school never reopened and the property sold to the state of Mississippi. It opened after being renamed in honor of the currant governor as Alcorn University and was established as a historical black college. The rest is pretty much history.
1926 – Negro History was observed for the first time.
Woodson was a member of the first black fraternity Sigma Pi Phi and a member of Omega Psi Phi. He completed his PhD in history at Harvard University in 1912, where he was the second African American (after W.E.B. DuBois) to earn a doctorate. In 1976 Negro History Week, was renamed to Black History Month.
1945 – Irwin Molison becomes the first African American appointed to Customs
Judge Mollison was the first African American appointed to a position in the federal judiciary. Appointed by President Truman, Judge Mollison would also become the first African American to serve on the United States Customs Court.
1946 – A Filibuster in U.S. Senate killed FEPC bill better known as theFair Employment Practices Commission.
In 1950, the House approved a permanent FEPC bill, which also called for anti-lynching legislation, and the end of the poll tax. However, Southern senators filibustered and the bill failed. None the less, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Washington successfully enacted and enforced their own FEPC laws at the state level.
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