Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Famous Dates in Black History

February 7 - President Truman appointed Irwin C. Mollison, Judge of the US Customs Court, 1945
February 9 - Paul Lawrence Dunbar, 1st poet to use Black dialect in his verse, died 1872-1906
Leroy "Satchel" Paige elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, 1971
February 10 - Southern Christian Leadership Conference founded, 1957
Andrew Brimmer, the first Black person to serve on the Federal Reserve Board
Leontyne Price, world reowned soprano, born 1927
February 11 - Nelson Mandela, leader of movement for democracy in South Africa, released from prison after 27 years, 1990
Clifford Alexander, Jr. first Black Secretary of State, confirmed 1977
February 12 - Lincoln's Birthday
NAACP founded after riot in Springfield, Ill., 1909
February 13 - First Black pro Basketball team, "The Renaissance," organized 1923
February 14 - Frederick Douglass, Abolitionist, born 1817 - 1895
Morhouse College, founded in Atlanta, 1867
February 19 - First Pan-African Congress organized in Paris by WEB DuBois, 1919

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