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    Year Moment  
  History         Africa   1967 Nominated by President Johnson, and confirmed by the Senate, Thurgood Marshall becomes the nation's first black associate justice of the Supreme Court.   Learn more
  History       Military     1967 Muhammad Ali is stripped of his heavyweight title for refusing to be drafted.   Learn more
  History       Military     1967 Martin Luther King Jr. announces his opposition to the Vietnam War, alienating some of his strongest supporters in government, including President Johnson.   Learn more
  History       Military     1967 Major Robert Lawrence becomes the second African American astronaut.
  History Women           1967 Kathleen Cleaver becomes communications secretary for the Black Panther Party.   Learn more
  History Women           1967 In a unanimous vote, the U.S. Supreme Court rules in Loving v. Virginia that the state's antimiscegenation law is unconstitutional, nullifying all remaining similar laws in fifteen other states.   Learn more
  History             1967 Carl Stokes of Cleveland, Ohio, becomes the first black mayor of a major American city.   Learn more
  History             1967 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. is expelled from the House of Representatives for alleged improprieties; he wins a special election to fill his own seat and returns to the House two years later. He is eventually defeated by Charles Rangel in 1970.   Learn more
    Women   Sports       1967 Renee Powell is the first black woman to join the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) tour.   Learn more
    Women           1967 Aretha Franklin signs with Atlantic Records and releases I Never Loved a Man (the Way I Loved You).   Learn more
    Women           1967 Nannie Mitchell Turner receives the Distinguished Editor Award from the National Newspaper Publishers Association.   Learn more
    Women           1967 Helen Natalie Jackson Claytor becomes the first African American to serve as national president of the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA).   Learn more
    Women           1967 The Urban Arts Corps, an inner-city theater program to showcase performers of color, is founded in New York City by Vinnette Carroll, who serves as its artistic director.
    Women           1967 The founding convention of the National Welfare Rights Organization (NWRO) is held, with Johnnie Tillmon as chair, Etta Horn as first vice chair, Beulah Saunders as second vice chair, Edith Doering as secretary, and Marian Kidd as treasurer.   Learn more
      Civil Rights         1967 Jesse Jackson is appointed national director of Operation Breadbasket in the hope that his leadership will increase employment and promote entrepreneurship among blacks.   Learn more
      Civil Rights         1967 Albert William Johnson is awarded the first dealership from a major automaker to an African American. He opens his Oldsmobile dealership in a predominantly African American neighborhood in Chicago.
        Sports       1967 Bill Russell is the first black NBA coach when he becomes player-coach of the Boston Celtics, and leads team to NBA championships in 1968 and 1969.   Learn more
        Sports       1967 Orlando Cepeda, the St. Louis Cardinals first baseman, unanimously wins the National League Most Valuable Player award.   Learn more
        Sports       1967 The black Latino Rod Carew is named the American League Rookie of the Year   Learn more
        Sports       1967 The pitcher Bob Gibson of the St. Louis Cardinals is chosen as the World Series Most Valuable Player.   Learn more
        Sports       1967 Winston-Salem State becomes the first HBCU to win an NCAA title in basketball, the Division II championship.
            Africa   1967 to 1970 Biafra attempts to secede from Nigeria; Swaziland becomes independent; Muammar al-Qaddafi seizes power in Libya.   Learn more
  History     Sports       1968 Arthur Ashe wins his first U.S. Open in tennis and leads the U.S. Davis Cup team to an international victory.   Learn more
  History Women           1968 The attorney Marian Wright Edelman is the congressional and federal agency liaison for the Poor Peoples' Campaign, which brings an estimated 50,000 demonstrators to Washington, D.C.   Learn more
  History Women           1968 Record numbers of African American congressmen (and the first black congresswoman, Shirley Chisholm from New York's Twelfth Congressional District) are elected.   Learn more
  History   Civil Rights         1968 Kerner Commission warns that America is becoming “two societies—one black, one white—separate and unequal.”   Learn more
  History     Sports       1968 Despite their outstanding performances in the 200-meter sprint, John Carlos and teammate Tommie Smith are stripped of their medals and ejected from the Olympic Village for raising their gloved hands in the Black Power salute while the national anthem plays.   Learn more
  History     Sports       1968 Harold Hunter becomes the first black to serve as a coach (though not the head coach) of a U.S. Olympic basketball team. Hunter had been the first black to sign with an NBA team in 1950, but was cut from the team before the season. Though five blacks (including the future NBA star Jo Jo White) play on the team, a significant number of black college and future NBA stars boycott the games to protest racism in the United States, including Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), Elvin Hayes, Bob Lanier and Wes Unseld.   Learn more
  History             1968 Huey Newton, co-founder of the Black Panther Party, is tried and convicted of the shooting death of a white policeman; several months later, three members of the Black Panthers are arrested and charged with carrying out a machine-gun attack on a police station in Jersey City.   Learn more
    Women     Military     1968 Clothhilde Dent Brown becomes the first African American woman to be promoted to the rank of colonel in the U.S. Army.   Learn more
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