On This Day In Black History

February 12, 2015

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February 12, 1793; Congress passed the first Fugitive Slave Law to implement the provisions in the Constitution. It stated that to reclaim an escaped slave a master needed only to go before a magistrate and provide oral or written proof of ownership.

  • 1962; Bus boycott started in Macon, Georgia
  • 1909; Founded in New York City by a group of black and white citizens committed to social justice, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s largest and strongest civil rights organization
  • 1956; In 1956, the first black late-night talk show host in history, Arsenio hall was born
  • 1882; Black rights activist Henry Highland Garnet dies, soon after being appointed the U.S. ambassador to Liberia.