Negro History Week Established Feb01

Negro History Week Established...

1926 – Negro History Week Begins What is now known as Black History Month, was first celebrated on this date as Negro History Week by Carter G. Woodson. It became a month long celebration in 1976. 1865 – First African American Before US Supreme Court John Sweat Rock (1825-1866), a noted Boston lawyer, became in 1865 the first African-American to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and the first Black person to speak before the U.S. House of Representatives. 1952 – Singer Rick James born Rock/Funk singer Rick James is born 1978 – The first stamp of the U.S. Postal Service’s The first stamp of the U.S. Postal Service’s Black Heritage USA series honors Harriet Tubman, famed abolitionist and “conductor” on the Underground...

Greensboro Sit-ins Take Place...

1960 – Greensboro sit-ins takeplace The primary event took place at the¬†Greensboro, North CarolinaWoolworth’s store, now the¬†International Civil Rights Center and Museum. 1997 – First 24-Hour Black Movie Channel BET Holdings and Encore Media Corp. launch BET Movie/Starz the first 24 hour Black Movie channel. 1978 – The first stamp of the U.S. Postal Service’s The first stamp of the U.S. Postal Service’s Black Heritage USA series honors Harriet Tubman, famed abolitionist and “conductor” on the Underground...

Doug Williams, the first African American quarterback to play in a Super Bowl game, is named MVP in Super Bowl XXII. Jan31

Doug Williams, the first African American quarterback to play in a Super Bowl game, is named MVP in Super Bowl...

1988 – Washington Redskins quarterback Doug Williams Washington Redskins quarterback Doug Williams, the first African American quarterback to play in a Super Bowl game, is named MVP in Super Bowl XXII. 1962 – First Black to Command U.S. Warship Samuel L Gravely becomes first Black person to command a U.S. warship. 1931 – Baseball star Ernie Banks born Baseball great Ernie Banks, former Chicago Cub star, was born in Dallas, TX. 1914 – Boxer Jersey Joe Walcott born Boxer Jersey Joe Walcott was born Arnold Raymond Cream in Merchantville, New Jersey. Walcott won the World Heavyweight Championship from Ezzard Charles, whom he knocked out in the 7th round of their 1951 title bout in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Walcott had 69 professional fights. He won 30 of them by knock-out and was...

13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Passes by the House of Representatives Jan31

13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Passes by the House of Representatives...

1865 – Congress passed the Thirteenth Amendment which, on Congress passed the Thirteenth Amendment which, on ratification, abolished slavery in America. The vote in the House was 121 to 24. 1919 – Baseball Great Jackie Robinson born In Cairo, Georgia on this date baseball great Jackie Robinson was born. The fifth African American to play major league baseball with a white team, Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, ending five decades of segregated baseball. At the time of his retirement in October 1972, Robinson is believed to have been t… 1934 – Etta Moten sings for President Etta Moten sings for President and Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt at a White House Dinner. It is the first time an African American actress performs at the White...

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s House Bombed...

1956 – Home of Martin Luther King Jr Home of Martin Luther King Jr. Montgomery bus boycott leader bombed. 1900 – John Parker, Underground Railroad Conductor died Born: 1827 Died: January 30, 1900 Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia John P. Parker was born in Norfolk, Virginia , the son of a white father and a slave mother. He was sold to a slave agent from Richmond, Virginia at age eight. Parker worker for two years at a foundry and the New Orleans docks as a steved… 1844 – Richard Theodore Greener Richard Theodore Greener becomes the first African American to graduate from Harvard University  ...

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