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… Read More

On This Day In Black History

February 11, 2015

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  February 10, 1992; American biographer, scriptwriter, author who became famous with the publication of the novel ROOTS, which traces his ancestry back to Africa and covers seven American generations as they are taken slaves to the United States. The book was adapted to television series, and woke up an interest in genealogy, particularly among… Read More

On This Day In Black History

February 9, 2015

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February 9, 1971; Baseball Hall of Fame inducts Leroy "Satchel" Paige 1995;  Bernard Harris, African-American astronaut, takes space walk 1944;  Novelist Alice Walker was born in Eatonton, Georgia 1906;  Death of poet and novelist Paul Laurence Dunbar (33), Dayton, Ohio   Read More

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… Read More

On This Day In Black History

February 5, 2015

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  February 5, 1990; Columbia University graduate and Harvard University law student Barack Obama became the first African American named president of the Harvard Law Review.  1950; Singer Natalie Cole, daughter of legendary singer Nat Cole, born in Los Angeles, California. Singing professionally at age 11, by 1976 Cole had won Grammys for New Artist… Read More

On This Day In Black History

February 4, 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 4, 1913: Rosa Parks (born Rosa Louise McCauley) was born on this day in Tuskegee, Alabam 1996;  J.C. Watts becomes the first Black selected to respond to a state of the union address 1794;  France abolishes slavery. The… Read More

On This Day In Black History

February 3, 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 3, 1988; In Montgomery, Alabama, Thomas Reed, president of the Alabama chapter of the NAACP, was arrested after he and 11 others attempted to strike a Confederate flag flying atop the state capitol building.  1903; Jack Johnson became the… Read More

On This Day In Black History

February 2, 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 2, 1948; President Truman sent Congress a special message urging adoption of a civil rights program, including a fair employment practices commission and anti-lynching and anti-poll tax measures.  1897; Alfred L. Cralle invented the ice cram scooper, patent… Read More