On This Day In Black History: February 28

February 28, 2017

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  1943;  Porgy and Bess opened on Broadway with Anne Brown and Todd Duncan in starring roles.   1942;  Race riot, Sojourner Truth Homes, Detroit.   1708;  Slave revolt, Newton, Long Island (N.Y.). Seven whites killed. Two Black male slaves and an Indian slave were hanged, and a Black woman was burned alive.   1984;… Read More

On This Day In Black History: February 27

February 27, 2017

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  1988;  Figure skater Debi Thomas becomes the first African American to win a medal (bronze) at the winter Olympic Games.   1964;  Anna Julia Cooper, champion for the rights of black women, dies at the age of 105.   1883;  Walter B. Purvis patented hand stamp.   1942;  Journalist Charlayne Hunter was born this… Read More

On This Day In Black History: February 23

February 23, 2017

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  1869;  Louisiana governor signed public accommodations law.   1995;  Bass Singer Melvin Franklin of The Temptations died of complications following a brain seizure in Los Angeles. He was 53.   1868;  On this day Dr.William Edward Burghardt DuBois, educator and civil rights advocate, is born in Great Barrington, Mass.   1979;  Frank E. Peterson… Read More

On This Day In Black History: February 21

February 21, 2017

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  1936;   On this day Barbara Jordan, who will be the first African American woman elected to the House of Representatives, is born   1917;  Thelonious Sphere Monk (1917--82) Jazz musician; born in Rocky Mount, N.C. He was raised in New York   1965;  Malcolm X (39) assassinated in Audubon Ballroom at a rally… Read More

On This Day In Black History: February 17

February 17, 2017

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  1918;  Birthday of Rep. Charles A. Hayes, D-Illinois, who was born in Cairo, Illinois. In 1989, Hayes was re-elected to a fourth term in the House of Representatives. He was first elected Sept. 12, 1983.   1967;  Ronald De Voe, Singer of Bell Biv DeVoe Born Boston, MA, February 17, 1967.   1997;  Virginia… Read More

On This Day In Black History: February 16

February 16, 2017

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  1970;  Joe Frazier knocked out Jimmy Ellis in the second round of their New York fight and became the world heavyweight boxing champion.   1923;  On this day Bessie Smith makes her first recording, "Down Hearted Blues," which sells 800,000 copies for Columbia Records.   1857;  Frederick Douglass elected President of Freedman Bank and… Read More

On This Day In Black History: February 15

February 15, 2017

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;   1964;  Louis Armstrong's "Hello Dolly" recording becomes his first and only number one record.   1961;  U.S. and African nationalist protesting the slaying of Congo Premire Patrice Lumumba distrupts U.N. sessions   1848;   Sarah Roberts barred from white school in Boston. Her father, Benjamin Roberts, filed the first school integration suit on… Read More

On This Day In Black History: February 10

February 10, 2017

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  1992; Alex Haley, American biographer, scriptwriter, author who became famous with the publication of the novel ROOTS, dies.   1927; 1946 Georgia-born Jackie Robinson -- major league baseball's first black player -- married Rachel Isum.   1940; Singer Roberta Flack was born   1868; Conservatives, aided by military forces, seized convention hall and established… Read More

On This Day In Black History: February 9

February 9, 2017

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    1952;  Author Ralph Ellison's novel Invisible Man wins the National Book Award 1995; Bernard Harris, African-American astronaut, takes space walk. 1971; Baseball Hall of Fame inducts Leroy "Satchel" Paige. 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

February 6, 2017

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  1945; Bob Marley, Jamacian reggae star is born.   1993; Tennis player Arthur Ashe dies. Ashe was the first African American to win at Wimbledon.   1972; Robert Lewis Douglas founder and coach of the Rens, is inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.   1870; On this day, Jonathan Jasper Wright was elected… Read More