Sunday, February 26, 2017
– The suffrage parade in Washington, D.C. draws thousands of people. It is organized by a committee led by Alice Paul and Lucy Burns. The parade is led by Inez Milholland on a white horse.
Taken from: http://todayinwomenshistory.saintssistersandsluts.com/march/march-3/
– On this day in 1902, the first black soloist to perform at
The White House, Marian Anderson, was born.
Taken from: http://www.blackenterprise.com/functional/black-history-month/black-history-month-facts-of-the-day-feb-27/
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Hiram Rhodes Revels broke a color barrier in U.S. government when he became the first African-American senator on Feb. 25, 1870. Revels moved to Mississippi after the Civil War and was elected to one of the state's vacant U.S. Senate seats before they rejoined the Union.
Taken from: http://www.bet.com/news/national/2013/02/25/this-day-in-black-history-feb-25-1870.html
On February 23: Feb. 23, 1965 - Constance Baker Motley elected Manhattan Borough president, the highest elective office held by a black woman in a major American city.
Taken from: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/nrcs141p2_015471.pdf
Monday, February 20, 2017
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Taken from: http://www.bet.com/news/national/2012/02/19/this-day-in-black-history-feb-19-1919.html
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Friday, February 17, 2017
Original Gangster rapper Ice-T born (1958)
Taken from: http://blackhistorydaily.com/on_this_day/February_16/
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Celebrated pianist, singer and television host Nat King Cole dies from lung cancer at 45-years-old. Cole, who first rose to stardom as a jazz pianist, churned out numerous hits, including "Nature Boy," "Mona Lisa," and "Unforgettable.” King also became the first African-American to host a television show, The Nat "King" Cole Show in 1965.
Taken from: http://www.bet.com/news/national/2012/02/15/this-day-in-black-history-feb-15-1965.html
Sunday, February 12, 2017
February 13, 1920
Andrew "Rube" Foster, who is hailed as the “Father of Black Baseball” organizes the first baseball league for African-Americans, the Negro National League in Kansas City, Missouri. The NNL operated successfully until 1931
Taken from: http://www.bet.com/news/national/2012/02/13/this-day-in-black-history-feb-13-1920.html
Saturday, February 11, 2017
February 11, 1990
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 possible, particularly at Christmas time, where they would sing. Nelson Mandela finds music very uplifting, and takes a keen interest not only in European classical music but also in African choral music and the many talents in South African music. But one voice stands out above all - that of Paul Robeson, whom he describes as our hero. The years in jail reinforced habits that were already entrenched: the disciplined eating regime of an athlete began in the 1940s, as did the early morning exercise. Still today Nelson Mandela is up by 4.30am, irrespective of how late he has worked the previous evening. By 5am he has begun his exercise routine that lasts at least an hour. Breakfast is by 6.30, when the days newspapers are read. The day s work has begun. With a standard working day of at least 12 hours, time management is critical and Nelson Mandela is extremely impatient with unpunctuality, regarding it as insulting to those you are dealing with. When speaking of the extensive travelling he has undertaken since his release from prison, Nelson Mandela says: I was helped when preparing for my release by the biography of Pandit Nehru, who wrote of what happens when you leave jail. My daughter Zinzi says that she grew up without a father, who, when he returned, became a father of the nation. This has placed a great responsibility of my shoulders. And wherever I travel, I immediately begin to miss the familiar - the mine dumps, the colour and smell that is uniquely South African, and, above all, the people. I do not like to be away for any length of time. For me, there is no place like home. Mandela accepted the Nobel Peace Prize as an accolade to all people who have worked for peace and stood against racism. It was as much an award to his person as it was to the ANC and all South Africa s people. In particular, he regards it as a tribute to the people of Norway who stood against apartheid while many in the world were silent. We know it was Norway that provided resources for farming; thereby enabling us to grow food; resources for education and vocational training and the provision of accommodation over the years in exile. The reward for all this sacrifice will be the attainment of freedom and democracy in South Africa, in an open society which respects the rights of all individuals. That goal is now in sight, and we have to thank the people and governments of Norway and Sweden for the tremendous role they played. Personal Tastes Breakfast of plain porridge, with fresh fruit and fresh milk. A favourite is the traditionally prepared meat of a freshly slaughtered sheep, and the delicacy Amarhewu (fermented corn-meal).
Taken from: http://www.blackfacts.com/
Friday, February 10, 2017
Thursday, February 9, 2017
February 9, 1906
Poet Paul Lawrence Dunbar dies in Dayton, Ohio. He was 33. Dunbar is credited with being the first Black poet to use African dialect in his work.
Taken from: http://www.bet.com/news/national/2012/02/09/this-day-in-black-history-feb-9-1906.html
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Jim Crow South lasted from 1865 to the 1960s with the coming of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. One can understand why there was a Civil Rights Movement when you know the history. Jim Crow separated the races in the South, and created a horrible reality if you were not White. There were some things to help the colored of the South live their life without fear.
One of the many things created to help African Americans and other minorities during this horrific time was the Green Book. A motorist guide. It is hard to imagine there would be places you could not go. This book would let the reader know what gas stations, restaurants, and hotels they could stop at safely!
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Dr. Carter G. Woodson, who is considered a pioneer in the study of African-American history and is known as “The Father of Black History,” designated the second week of February as Negro History Week in 1926. In 1976, Negro History Week would be expanded to the entire month of February, or Black History Month. Woodson, a son of former slaves who eventually earned a PhD from Harvard, chose the second week of February as it marked the birthday of abolitionist Frederick Douglass (Feb. 14) and President Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12), who signed the Emancipation Proclamation abolishing slavery in the southern states.
Taken from: http://www.bet.com/news/national/2012/02/07/this-day-in-black-history-feb-7-1926.html
Monday, February 6, 2017
Taken from: http://www.bet.com/news/national/2012/02/06/this-day-in-black-history-feb-6-1990.html
Sunday, February 5, 2017
In 1963 the Civil Rights Movement was at a standstill. Not a lot of movement. Dr. King brings the movement to Birmingham, Alabama. They needed a change, and this was a perfect new staging ground. Birmingham was the most segregated city in America in 1963. There was also a lot of violence, and the city was called Bombingham!
In the begining of 1963 Dr. King and others agreed they needed to use children. Children represent innocence, and to all people they are untouchable! A children's march is organized, and made a difference. At this march the children were attacked by dogs and fire hoses! The press was there taking pictures. When America saw the images they were horrified, and demanded change!
Great documentary about the Children's March
Bolstered by the Children's March, Dr. King organized a march on Washington that ended at Lincoln Memorial. There he gave his famous "I Have A Dream Speech."
If you have not watched this - please do! It is worth the watch!
In September 1963 The Children made one more sacrifice. A Baptist church was having a special Children program when a bomb blew the Church apart killing 4 little girls! No one took responsibilty for this moment, or held responsible. Though many people blamed the KKK.
The Children's March made a difference! It helped America open her eyes to the injustice American citizens were facing everyday!
Powerful Song - Please Listen!