Black History Month 2024

1971 1972 1973

36 Lyndon B. Johnson | 37 Richard M. Nixon | 38 Gerald Ford

Black Power Affirmative Action Mass Incarceration

July 24, 1972
Tuskegee Experiment Exposed

Washington, D. C. - A 40 year-long syphilis experiment on Black American men was exposed. The Washington Star reported the story. The United States government used Black American men as test subjects, without their consent.

600 Black American men were used. They were rural farmers. They were never told they had the disease. A cure was known, but the Federal government never treated the men.

The experiment ended only because it was exposed. No one was punished.


December 22, 1972
Trick Baby Movie Premiered

Chicago, Illinois - Trick Baby was shown for the first time. The movie is notable for the dinner scene. In it, the movie exposed how politics is used to control Black Americans.