"In the Know" Timeline for Kids: African-American History

Get "in the know" about the history of an amazing people, African-Americans.

Barack Obama is re-elected President of the United States

President Obama wins a second term in the White House.

Barack Obama is elected to be the 41st President

Barack Obama defeats John McClain to become the President of the United States

Mae Jemison travels to space

Mae Jemison becomes the first African American woman in space as part of the crew of the space shuttle Endeavour.

Lucy Terry Prince, the first known black american poet

Lucy Terry Prince is the earliest known black American poet. Her poem “Bars Fight” (1746), is the earliest existing poem by an African-American; The poem didn't get published until 1855

The First African slaves arrive in Virginia

Caterina Jarboro, the first African-American opera singer in America

Caterina was the first black opera singer ever to sing on an opera stage in America.

Phillis Wheatley becomes the first published African-American

Her book, "Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral is published.

Nat Turner leads slave rebellion

Nat Turner, a preacher, leads the most significant slave uprising in American history in Virginia.

Frederick Douglass starts his newspaper.

Frederick Douglass was courageous. He was not afraid to speak what he believed. He started a newspaper to speak out against slavery. Click here to read some of the things he said.

Harriet Tubman escapes from Slavery and leads others

She was born into slavery, but escaped. Afterwards, she made more than thirteen missions to rescue more than 70 slaves. Click here to see her most famous quotes

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