Richard Allen born in slavery in Philadelphia
Possible birthday of Frederick Douglass, abolitionist and orator. Born into slavery as Frederick Baile, Douglass purchased his freedom in 1845 and went on to become the greatest abolitionist of his time.
Morehouse College organized in Augusta, Georgia. The institution was later moved to Atlanta.
New registration law in Tennessee abolished racial distinctions in voting.
National Negro Congress organized at Chicago meeting attended by 817 delegates representing more than 500 organizations. Asa Phillip Randolph of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters was elected president of the new organization.
Entertainer and dancer Gregory Hines born