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It Happened This Week: Black History Month

Posted by sherrysaunders on February 16, 2011

Did you know? Here are some interesting facts to remember during Black History Month

February 15

1848 – Sarah Roberts barred from white school in Boston. Her father, Benjamin Roberts, filed the first school integration suit on her behalf (Roberts vs. City of Boston).

February 16

1951 – New York City Council passed bill prohibiting racial discrimination in city-assisted housing developments

1923 – Bessie Smith makes her first recording, Down Hearted Blues which sold 800,000 copies for Columbia Records



February 17

1938 – Dr. Mary Frances Berry, the first woman to serve as a chancellor of a major research university, is born in Nashville, Tenn

February 18

1931 – Pulitzer Prize winner, Toni Morrison is born in Lorain, Ohio.

1688 – The historic “Germantown Protest” by Germantown, PA Quakers denounced slavery and the slave trade.

February 19

2002Vonetta Flowers became the first black gold medalist in the history of the Winter Olympic Games. She and partner Jull Brakken won the inagural women’s two-person bobsled event.

1919 – The Pan-African Congress, organized by W.E.B. Du Bois, held its first meeting, in Paris. There were fifty-seven delegates: sixteen from the United States and fourteen from Africa. Blaise Diagne of Senegal was elected president and Du Bois was named secretary.

February 20

1936 – Jazz singer, actress, Nancy Wilson born in Chillicothe, Ohio

1936: Barbara Jordan, the first African American woman elected to the House of Representatives, is born


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