Timeline: 1950

The census recorded 4,153 Black residents in Champaign County.

June 25: North Korea invaded South Korea beginning the Korean War.

In the 1950s, Era Saks became the second African American policeman in the Champaign Police Department.

The ONO, an African American civic and social organization, became active in the 1950s.

The AMVETS (The American Veterans) formed in the 1950s, organized by American veterans of World War II veterans as a service organization. The local African American post located in the 500 block of East Washington Street in Champaign became a popular after-hours place for jazz bands.