Wednesday, February 29, 2012

February in Black History

Each month we'll list daily black history notes for the month.  Here's what happened in February in Black History:

On February 22 in Black History…
In 1989, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince win the first rap Grammy for the hit single "Parents Just Don't Understand"
In 1938, Poet, Ishmael Reed is born.
In 1888, Painter Horace Pippin born
In 1841,  lithographer and painter Grafton Tyler Brown was born.
On February 21 in Black History...
In 1940, John Lewis was born.
In 1936, Barbara Jordan was born.
In 1933, Nina Simone was born.
In 1927, Thelonious Monk was born.
On February 20 in Black History…
In 1963, Charles Barkley was born.
In 1936, Nancy Wilson was born.
In 1927, Sidney Poitier was born.
On February 19 in Black History…
In1940, Smokey Robinson was born.
In 1871, Lugina B. Hope was born.
Emily Perez
In 1869, Activist Sylvester Williams was born.
In 1983, Emily Perez was born. Emily Perez was a soldier, and West Point graduate. Born in Heidelberg, West Germany Emily Jazmin Tatum Perez was the daughter of African American and Hispanic parents. She graduated from Oxon Hill High School, in Maryland, where she was wing commander of Junior ROTC. While in high school, working with the Peace Baptist Church, Perez helped begin an HIV-AIDS ministry.
After high school graduation, Perez attended the United States Military Academy at West Point. There she excelled in the classroom and in track and field. Following graduation, she was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. Perez was deployed to Iraq as a Medical Service Corps officer.  She was killed during combat operations in Kifl, near Najaf on September 12, 2006. Aged 23, her decorations include the Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal, Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, and the Combat Action Badge. She was the 64th female member of the U.S. military to be killed in Iraq or Afghanistan and the 40th West Point graduate killed since the September 11, 2001 attacks. Perez was buried at the West Point Cemetery.

On February 18 in Black History…
In1867, Morehouse College was founded.
In 1965, Gambia gained independence from the United Kingdom
1931, Writer Toni Morrison was born.
In 1869, Pianist Harriett Gibbs Marshall was born.
In 1894, Architect Paul Revere Williams was born.
On February 17 in Black History…
In 1891, A. C. Richardson, a black inventor, invented the churn, patent #466,470
In 1967, Ronald De Voe was born.
In 1963, Baseball player, Michael Jeffrey Jordon's was born.
In 1942,Huey P. Newton was was born.
In 1938, Mary Frances Berry was born
In 1918, Rep. Charles A. Hayes was born
In 1936, James Nathaniel Brown was born.
In 1902, Opera singer Marian Anderson was born. February 10 in Black History…
In 1940, Roberta Flack was born.
In 1927, Leontyne Price was born.
In 1854, Educator Joseph Charles Price was born.
On February 8 in Black History…
In 1986, Oprah Winfrey becomes the first African American woman to host a nationally syndicated talk show.
In 1968, Gary Coleman was born.
In 1908, *Cornelius Adolphus ”C.A.” Scott was born.
On February 7 in Black History…
In 1842, Civil Rights Activist, William Monroe Carter was born.
In 1882, Physician Emma Rochelle Wheeler was born.
In 1872, Alcorn A&M College opened.
In 1883, Pianist Eubie Blake born.
In 1967, Chris Rock was born.
In 1915, Composer and Activist William White III was born.
On February 6 in Black History…
In 1945, Bob Marley was born.
In 1933, Walter E. Fauntroy was born.
In 1898, Poet Melvin B. Tolson was born.
In 1882, Poet Anne Spencer was born.
On February 5 in Black History…
In 1934, Hank Aaron was born.
On February 4 in Black History…
In 1913, Rosa Parks was born.
1n 1974, France abolishes slavery.
On February 3 in Black History Month…
In 1965, Geraldine McCullough Wins Widener Gold Medal.
In 1956, Autherine J. Lucy becomes the first black student to attend the University of Alabama. She was expelled three days later "for her own safety" in response to threats from a mob.
In 1920, Negro Baseball League founded.
In 1903, Jack Johnson, became the first Black Heavyweight.
On February 2 in Black History Month…
In 1915, Biologist Ernest E. Just received the Spingarn medal for his pioneering in cell division and fertilization.
In 1914, William Ellisworth Artist was born.
In 1912, Quartet Singer Herbert Mills born.
In 1897, Alfred L. Cralle invented the ice cream scooper, patent #576,395.
In 1861, Poet Joseph Seamon Cotter was born.
On February 1 in Black History…
In 1974, “Good Times" premieres on CBS.
In 1965, Ruby Dee was the first African American actress to play a major role at the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford Conn.
In 1960, our students form North Carolina A&T College started Sit-in movement at Greensboro, N.C., five-and-dime store. By February 10, the movement had spread to fifteen Southern cities in five states.
In 1902, Langston Hughes was born.
In 1887, J. Robinson patents food carrier, Patent No. 356,852.
In 1926, Negro History Week, which is now known as Black History Month, was first celebrated on this date as Negro History Week by Carter G. Woodson. It became a month long celebration in 1976.
In 1952, Singer Rick James was born.
In 1937, actor/comedian Garrett Morris was born.
In 1865, the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery, was adopted by the 38th Congress. Ratification was completed December 6, 1865.
In 1834, Henry McNeal Turner was born.

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