Although the economy showed improvement, the setbacks of Obamacare and the government shutdown overshadowed the post-2012 election euphoria.
There were some promising developments in pop culture, with African Americans making great strides in film and music.
We also recognized some important milestones: the anniversaries of 'I Have a Dream' and the death of Medgar Evers.
And we lost one of history's greatest heroes, Nelson Mandela.
From the Trayvon Martin case to Miley Cyrus' infamous twerking, this won't be a year any of us will soon forget.
Take a trip down memory lane we recognize the 10 biggest stories of the year in black America.