Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Did you know??_ This Week in Black History

February 2, 1914-Ernest E Just, biologist, receives the Spingarn Medal for pioneering research on fertilization and cell division, 1914

February 3,
1870  -The 15th Amendment, providing for Black suffrage, ratified.
1903- Jack Johnson, first Black heavyweight champion, wins the "Negro Heavyweight Title"
1956- Autherine Lucy becomes the first Black student at University of Alabama,

1965- Geraldine McCullough wins Widener Gold Medal for Sculpture,

February 4
1864- The 24th Amendment, abolishing the poll tax, ratified.
1913- Rosa Parks, initiator of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, born,

February 5
1934- Henry "Hank" Aaron, the home run king of major league baseball, born

1994- Avowed White supremacist Byron de le Beckwith is convicted of Medger Evers' murder, more than thirty years after he was shot in the back from ambush,

February 6
1820- First organized emigration of U.S. Blacks back to Africa, from New York to Sierra leone, takes place.
1867- The Peabody Fund is established to promote Black education in the South,
1945-Bob Marley, reggae god, born.
1993- Arthur Ashe, first Black male to win Wimbledon, dies.

February 7- Grenada Independence Day
1883-Eubie Blake, pianist, born in Baltimore,
1945-Irwin C Mollison appointed judge of the US Customs Court by President Truman.

February 8
1968-Three South Carolina State students are killed during segregation protests in Orangeburg.

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