This Day in Our History
Posted by joyinhome on February 28, 2010
This post concludes YWM’s recognition of unique contributions to the history of the United States.
1872 – Charlotte E. Ray graduates from Howard Law School. She is the first African American lawyer in the U.S.
1869 – Congress adopted the 15th constitutional amendment, making it illegal for the US or any single government to deny or abridge the right to vote “on account of race, color or previous condition of servitude.”
1833 – Maria W. Steward delivered one of the four speeches which confirmed her place in history as the first American-born woman to give public lectures. Stewards lectures focused on encouraging African-Americans to attain education, political rights, and public recognition for their achievements. Her speech on this day was titled “On African Rights and Liberty.”
1990 – Philip Emeagwali awarded the Gordon Bell Prize (computing’s Nobel Prize) for solving one of the twenty most difficult problems in the computing field. Emeagwali is also the creator of what is now known as the Internet.
1879 – Southern Blacks fled political and economic exploitation in “Exodus of 1879.” This Exodus continued for several years. One of the major leaders of the Exodus movement was a former enslaved African, Benjamin (“Pap”) Singleton.
1708 – Revolt of the enslaved in Newton, Long Island (N.Y.) and seven whites were killed. As a result, two Black enslved males and an enslved Native American were hanged, and a Black woman was burned alive.
Stay tuned for the YWM Women’s History Month series and recognition.