Hattie McDaniel Wins an Oscar...

Feb. 29th, 1940 – Hattie McDaniel wins Oscar On this day, Hattie McDaniel known for her supporting roles became the first African American to win the Oscar Award for her role as ‘Mammy’in the movie ‘Gone With The Wind’. Not only was she the first African American to receive this award, but the was the only woman to have received it until Whoopi Goldberg received… 1945 – Football player and actor Charles Aaron “Bubba” Smith was born in Orange, Texas. Football player and actor Charles Aaron “Bubba” Smith was born in Orange, Texas. Smith began his professional football career with the Baltimore Colts. He later played for the Houston Oilers and Oakland Raiders before retiring and making a name for himself in...

Marian Anderson Born

1902 – Marian Anderson born 2/27/1902: On this day Marian Anderson, who will become a world-renowned opera singer and the first African American soloist to perform at hte White House , is born in Philadelphia, PA. 1988 – Debi Thomas 1st Black to win winter Olympic medal Figure skater Debi Thomas becomes the first African American to win a medal (bronze) at the winter Olympic Games. 1872 – Charlotte Ray graduates from Howard Law School. Charlotte Ray graduates from Howard Law School. She is the first African American lawyer in the...

Fats Domino Born

1928 – Singer “Fats” Domino born Singer “Fats” Domino born. 1964 – Cassius Clay Becomes Muhammad Ali On this day, the Kentucky boxer known to all as Cassius Clay, changed his name to Muhammad Ali as he accepted Islam and rejected Christianity. “I believe in the religion of Islam. I believe in Allah and in peace…I’m not a Christian anymore.” 1933 – Actor/Comedian Godfrey Cambridge born Godfrey Cambridge, actor and comedian born in New York. 1966 – Andrew Brimmer Andrew Brimmer becomes the first African American governor of the Federal Reserve Board when he is appointed by President Lyndon B....

Cassius Clay Becomes World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Feb25

Cassius Clay Becomes World Heavyweight Boxing Champion...

1964 – Cassius Clay becomes world heavyweight boxing champion. Cassius Clay becomes world heavyweight boxing champion. 1870 – Hirman R. Revels Hirman R. Revels of Mississippi sworn in as first Black U.S. senator and first Black representative in Congress. 1975 – Death of Elijah Muhammad Death of Elijah Muhammad (77), leader of the Nation of Islam, in Chicago. He was succeeded by his son, Wallace D. Muhammad. 1978 – Death of Daniel (“Chappie”) James Jr Death of Daniel (“Chappie”) James Jr. (58), retired Air Force general and the first Black promoted to four-star rank, at the Air Force Academy,...

Jimmy Ellis Born Feb24

Jimmy Ellis Born

1940 – Heavy weight boxer Jimmy Ellis born Former world heavyweight boxing champion Jimmy Ellis was born James Albert Ellis in Louisville, Kentucky. Ellis won the World Boxing Association title after beating Jerry Quarry in April 1968. 1864 – First Black Woman to receive an M.D. 2/24/1864: Rebecca Lee Crumpler becomes the first black woman to receive an M.D. degree. She graduated from the New England Female Medical College. Rebecca Lee Crumpler was born in 1833. She worked from 1852-1860 as a nurse in Massachusetts. 1868 – House of Representatives voted, 126 to 47, to House of Representatives voted, 126 to 47, to impeach President Andrew...

W. E. B. DuBois Born

1868 – Dr.William Edward Burghardt DuBois On this day Dr.William Edward Burghardt DuBois, educator and civil rights advocate, is born in Great Barrington, Mass. 1915 – Death of Robert Smalls Death of Robert Smalls (75), Reconstruction congressman, in Beaufort, South Carolina. 1929 – Baseball catcher Elston Gene Howard born Baseball catcher Elston Gene Howard was born in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1965, Howard signed a $70,000 contract with the NY Yankees and became the highest paid player in the history of baseball at the time. 1995 – Melvin Franklin dies Bass Singer Melvin Franklin of The Temptations died of complications following a brain seizure in Los Angeles. He was...

Julius Erving Born Feb22

Julius Erving Born

1950 – Julius Erving Born...

Malcolm X Assassinated...

1965 – Malcolm X (39) assassinated in Audubon Ballroom at Malcolm X (39) assassinated in Audubon Ballroom at a rally of his organization. Three Blacks were later convicted of the crime and sentenced to life imprisonment. 1940 – John Lewis, founder and chairman of SNCC, born John Lewis, founder and chairman of SNCC, born 1936 – Barbara Jordan born 2/21/1936: On this day Barbara Jordan, who will be the first African American woman elected to the House of Representatives, is born 1933 – Nina Simone born Nina Simone (Eunice Waymon), 66, singer (“I Love You Porgy,” “Trouble in Mind”) born Tryon, NC, Feb 21, 19933. 1917 – Thelonious Monk, jazz great born Thelonious Sphere Monk (1917–82) Jazz musician; born in Rocky Mount, N.C. He was raised in New...

Frederick Douglass Dies...

1895 – Frederick Douglass Dies Abolitionist Frederick Douglass dies on this date in Washington, DC. 1927 – Sidney Poitier, actor born Actor and thespian Sidney Poitier born. 1936 – Jazz singer Nancy Wilson born Jazz singer, actress, Nancy Wilson born in Chillicothe, Ohio 1963 – Birthday Charles Wade Barkley, 36, basketball player, born Leeds, AL, February 20,...

Toni Morrison Born

1931 – Toni Morrison born Toni Morrison (born Chloe Anthony Wofford) was born on this day. 1894 – Paul Revere Williams, renowned architect, born Paul Revere Williams, renowned architect,...

Tuskegee Airmen Established Feb19

Tuskegee Airmen Established...

1942 – Tuskegee Airmen initiated The Army Air Corps’ all African American 100th Pursuit Squadron, later designated a fighter squadron, was activated at Tuskegee Institute. The squadron served honorably in England and in other regions of the European continent during World War II. 1940 – Smokey Robinson born Soul singer William “Smokey” Robinson born in Detroit, Michigan. Robinson’s first singing group was the Miracles which he formed in 1955 while still in high school. The group’s first success came in 1960 with the hit, “Shop Around.” 1992 – John Singleton, Director John Singleton,the first African American director to be nominated for the Academy Award is nominated for best director and best screenplay for his first film Boyz N the Hood. 1919 – Pan-African Congress Meeting Pan-African Congress, organized by W.E.B. Du Bois, met a Grand Hotel, Paris. There were fifty-seven delegates sixteen from the United States and fourteen from Africa form sixteen countries and colonies. Blaise Diagne of Senegal was elected president and Du Bois was named...

Jim Brown Born Feb17

Jim Brown Born

1936 – James Nathaniel Brown’s Birthday James Nathaniel Brown, 63, Pro Football Hall of Fame Fullback, Born February 17, 1936 in St. Simons Island, GA 1942 – Huey Newton Born An illiterate high-school graduate, Newton taught himself how to read before attending Merritt College in Oakland and the San Francisco School of Law, where he met Seale. In Oakland in 1966 they formed the Bla…  1963 – Michael Jeffrey Jordon’s Birthday Michael Jeffrey Jordon, 36, Basketball player, former minor league baseball player, Born New York, New York, February 17, 1963 Opera singer Marian Anderson born Opera singer Marian Anderson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Anderson was entered in the New York Philharmonic Competition at age 17 by her music teacher, and placed first over 299 other singers. Awarded a Rosenwald Fellowship in 1930, Anderson went to Europe for a year of study. She returned briefly to the...

Joe Frazier Becomes World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Feb16

Joe Frazier Becomes World Heavyweight Boxing Champion...

1970 – Joe Frazier Joe Frazier becomes world heavyweight boxing champion. 1957 – Actor Levar Burton born Actor Levar Burton was born in Landsthul, Germany. Burton won fame for his acting in the television movie “roots,” which was based on the novel by Alex Haley. He became known once more in the 1980s and 1990s for his recurring role in the “Star Trek: Next Generation” series and movies. 1923 – Bessie Smith’s First Recording On this day Bessie Smith makes her first recording, “Down Hearted Blues,” which sells 800,000 copies for Columbia Records.   1951 – New York City Council passes bill prohibiting racial...

Nat King Cole Dies

1965 – Nat King Cole (45), singer and pianist, died in Nat King Cole (45), singer and pianist, died in Santa Monica, California. 1964 – Louis Armstrong’s “Hello Dolly” Louis Armstrong’s “Hello Dolly” recording becomes his first and only number one...

Morehouse College Organized in Augusta, Georgia Feb14

Morehouse College Organized in Augusta, Georgia...

1867 – Morehouse College organized in Augusta, Georgia Morehouse College organized in Augusta, Georgia. The institution was later moved to Atlanta. New registration law in Tennessee abolished racial distinctions in voting. 1936 – National Negro Congress organized at Chicago National Negro Congress organized at Chicago meeting attended by 817 delegates representing more than 500 organizations. Asa Phillip Randolph of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters was elected president of the new organization. 1946 – Gregory Hines, dancer born Entertainer and dancer Gregory Hines...

New York Renaissance Formed Feb13

New York Renaissance Formed...

 “The Harlem Renaissance formed.” The first Black professional basketball team “The Renaissance” organized. 1920 – Andrew “Rube” Foster organizes the Negro National League, the first Black professional baseball league. The league included the St. Louis Giants, the Chicago American Giants, the Chicago Giants, the Cuban Stars, the Detroit Stars, the Dayton Marcos, the Kansas City Monarchs and the Indianapolis ABC’s and Foster was named the first League President. 1970 – Joseph Searles admitted NYSEX The New York Stock Exchange admits its first Black member, Joseph...

NAACP Founded

1909 – NAACP founded 1934 – William “Bill” Felton Russell born Birthday of William Felton Russell, better known as “Bill” Russell, he was player-coach of the Boston Celtics basketball team in 1968 and 1969. Russell was born in Monroe, Louisiana. 1930 – In Tuskegee, Alabama, the Rosenwald Fund made grants to the Alabama State Board In Tuskegee, Alabama, the Rosenwald Fund made grants to the Alabama State Board of Health to help meet the cost of a sutdy of syphilis in African American men living in rural Georgia and Alabama. Thus would begin a four decade long study of syphilis without treatment. Over 400 men were allowed to carry the disease with… 1793 – First fugitive slave law enacted by Congress In 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. The magistrate would then issue an order for the arrest of the slave. The...

Nelson Mandela is Released from Prison...

1990 – Nelson Mandela is released Nelson Mandela’s greatest pleasure, his most private moment, is watching the sun set with the music of Handel or Tchaikovsky playing. Locked up in his cell during daylight hours, deprived of music, both these simple pleasures were denied him for decades. With his fellow prisoners, concerts were organised when possi… 1976 – Clifford Alexander Jr Clifford Alexander, Jr. is confirmed as the first African American Secretary of the Army. He will hold the position until the end of President Jimmy Carter’s...

Ron Brown Elected Chairman of the Democratic Party Feb10

Ron Brown Elected Chairman of the Democratic Party...

1927 – Ron Brown elected Chairman of the Democratic Party Attorney Ronald Brown was elected national chairman of the Democratic Party and became the first African American to hold the post. Brown was later appointed Secretary of Commerce under the Clinton administration in 1994. He served in this capacity until he was killed in 1996 when he and 32 others died in a plane cras… 1992 – Alex Haley, renowned author, dies 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… 1964 – 1964 After 12 days of debate and voting on 125 amendments, the U.S. House of 1964 After 12 days of debate and voting on 125 amendments, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by a vote of 290-130. The bill prohibited any state or local government or public facility from denying access to anyone because of race or ethnic origin. It further gave the U.S…. 1966 – Andrew Brimmer appointed to Fed. Reserve Bd. Andrew Brimmer becomes the first African-American governor of the Federal Reserve Board when he is appointed by President...

Satchel Paige Inducted Into Baseball Hall of Fame Feb09

Satchel Paige Inducted Into Baseball Hall of Fame...

1971 – Satchel Paige inducted to Baseball Hall of Fame Baseball Hall of Fame inducts Leroy “Satchel” Paige. 1952 – Invisible Man wins award Author Ralph Ellison’s novel Invisible Man wins the National Book Award 1944 – Novelist Alice Walker was born in Eatonton, Georgia. 1944 Novelist Alice Walker was born in Eatonton, Georgia. 1995 – Bernard Harris, astronaut Bernard Harris, African-American astronaut, takes space...

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