On This Day In Black History

February 11, 2015

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February 11, 1644; First Black legal protest in America pressed by eleven Blacks who petitioned for freedom in New Netherlands (New York). Council of New Netherlands freed the eleven petitioners because they had “served the Company seventeen or eighteen years” and had been “long since promised their freedom on the same footing as other free people in New Netherlands.”

  • 1961; ┬áRobert Weaver sworn in as administrator of the Housing and Home Finance Agency, highest federal post to date by a Black American
  • 1990;┬áNelson Mandela was released from the South African prison where he’d been held for nearly 27 years
  • 1976; Clifford Alexander, Jr. is confirmed as the first African American Secretary of the Army. He will hold the position until the end of President Jimmy Carter’s term.