Chris Rock Born

1967 – Chris Rock Born Comedian, author, recording artist, actor, and talk show host Chris Rock was born in South Carolina. He will become a critically comedian, hosting his self titled show on HBO. He will also bring to the forefront a boycott of the flag of his birthplace. He will star in and make a few movies of his own. 1872 – Alcorn A&M College opened Alcorn A&M College opened. 1883 – Eubie Blake born Eubie Blake, pianist, born. 1945 – Irwin Molison appointed to Customs Court Irwin Molison appointed judge of the US Customs...

Arthur Ashe Dies Feb06

Arthur Ashe Dies

1993 – Arthur Ashe Dies Tennis player Arthur Ashe dies on February 6, 1993. Ashe was the first African American to win the Wimbledon, U.S. Open and Australian Open championships. During heart bypass surgery, Ashe contracted the HIV virus from a tainted blood transfusion and eventually died from AIDS. On , He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton on June 20, 1993. 1820 – The Mayflower of Liberia The first organized emigration back to Africa begins when 86 free African Americans leave New York Harbor aboard the Mayflower of Liberia. They are bound for the British colony of Sierra Leone, which welcomes free African Americans as well as fugitive slaves. 1933 – Walter E. Fauntroy born Walter E. Fauntroy was born in Washington, D.C. He went on to become a District of Columbia delegate to the House of Representatives. 1945 – Bob Marley Bob Marley, Jamaican reggae star is...

Hank Aaron Born Feb05

Hank Aaron Born

1934 – Hank Aaron Born Henry “Hank” Aaron was born on born February 5, 1934, in Mobile, Alabama. Aaron would become one of the greatest players in Major League baseball history but his greatest moment came when he broke the home run record of Babe Ruth on  On April 8, 1974. He would eventually be named to the Baseball Hall of Fame on August 1, 1982. For more information on Aaron, see his profile on greatblackheroes.com. 1990 – Barack Obama named President of the Harvard Law Review Columbia University graduate and Harvard University law student Barack Obama became the first African American named president of the Harvard Law Review. 1950 – Birthday of Natalie Cole 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 of the Year and Best R&B Female...

Rosa Parks Born

1913 – Rosa Parks (born Rosa Louise McCauley) was born on this day. Rosa Parks was born on February 4, 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama. Thursday, December 1, 1955, in downtown Montgomery, Alabama, Parks boarded a bus driven by James Blake.  When a white man entered the bus, Blake ordered the Blacks to move to the back of the bus. The other three Blacks complied with Blake’s order and got up and moved by Rosa simply moved laterally into the window sat. Blake asked her if she was was going to stand up, and she said, “No, I’m not.” Blake told her “Well, if you don’t stand up, I’m going to have to call the police and have you arrested” to which she responded, “You may do that.” Blake called for the police and she was arrested and taken to the police station where she was booked, fingerprinted and incarcerated. Parks was charged with disorderly conduct based on violating Chapter 6, Section 11 of the Montgomery City Code, which provided for segregation. She was found guilty and fined but her action of defiance symbolized the beginning of the civil right movement that began to get national attention. The resulting Montgomery bus boycott crippled the bus industry in Montgomery and forced it to change its segregationist seating policies. For more information on Rosa Park, view her profile on greatblackheroes.com. 1986 – A stamp of Sojourner Truth is issued A stamp of Sojourner Truth is issued by the U.S. Postal...

University of Alabama Admits First Black Student Feb03

University of Alabama Admits First Black Student...

1956 – U of Alabama First Black Student Autherine Juanita Lucy becomes the first black student to attend the University of Alabama. She was born on October 5, 1929 in Shiloh, Alabama and attended Linden Academy from which she graduated in 1947. She then attended Selma University in Selma, Alabama and then Miles College, an all-Black school from which she graduated in 1952 with a Bachelors degree in English.  She decided to attend the University of Alabama to obtain a Masters degree and  and consulted with the NAACP, which assigned Thurgood Marshall, Constance Baker Motley and Arthur Shores as her attorney to prepare paperwork for the legal battle they knew she would have to endure. On June 29, 1955, they secured a court order preventing Lucy from being barred from applying based on her race.  The Supreme Court of the United Sates upheld this order and Lucy was able to officially register for classes. She was unable to live in any of the dormitories or to eat in any of the dining halls, however. On February 3, 1956, she enrolled in the University’s graduate program seeking a degree in Library Science. When a mob tried to bar her from entering one of the buildings, the police were called in to escort her, but the University expelled her after saying that it could not provide a safe environment for her and then claimed that she had slandered the school. A lawsuit against the University was unsuccessful and for 32 years the expulsion was in effect. In 1988, the University of Alabama reversed the decision to expel her and she was admitted to the University and received a Master’s in Elementary Education on May 9, 1992, the same day her daughter Grazia Foster also graduated, with a degree in Corporate...

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