Look Back : First inauguration of Barack Obama

The first inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States took place on Tuesday, January 20, 2009. The inauguration, which set a record attendance for any event held in Washington, D.C., marked the commencement of the first term of Barack Obama as President and Joe Biden as Vice President. Based on combined attendance numbers, television viewership, and Internet traffic, it was … Continue reading Look Back : First inauguration of Barack Obama

Profile: John H. Johnson (1918-2005)

John H. Johnson, widely regarded as the most influential African American publisher in American history, was born on January 19, 1918, in Arkansas City, Arkansas, to Leroy and Gertrude Johnson Williams. Growing up in Arkansas City, no high schools existed for black students, so Johnson repeated the eighth grade to continue his education. After moving to Chicago with his family shortly thereafter, Johnson attended DuSable … Continue reading Profile: John H. Johnson (1918-2005)

On This Day: Daniel Hale Williams

Dr. Daniel Hale Williams has an inspiring story.  He was born in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania on January 18, 1856.  Daniel was the eldest son of eight children.  Around the age of 10 his father died of tuberculosis. The family moved to Baltimore, Maryland to live with relatives. Daniel became a shoemaker’s apprentice. He disliked the work and returned to his family barbering business. Ultimately Daniel decided to pursue his education. He worked as an apprentice with Dr. … Continue reading On This Day: Daniel Hale Williams