On This Day In Black History

February 6, 2015

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Check here all month for “fast facts” in celebration of Black History Month. On This Day In Black History


February 6, 1961; Jail-in movement started in Rock Hill, S.C., when students refused to pay fines and requested jail sentences. Students Nonviolent Coordinating Committee urged south-wide “Jail, No Bail” campaign.


  • 1920; United States population: 9,638,453. Black population: 1,771,656 (18.4 per cent). “Mayflower of Liberia” sailed from New York City with eighty-six Blacks. Ship arrived in Sierra Leone, March 9
  • 1993; Tennis player Arthur Ashe dies. Ashe was the first African American to win at Wimbledon
  • 1870; On this day, Jonathan Jasper Wright was elected to the South Carolina Supreme Court