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On this day February 21 in African American History:

1940 – Civil right leader and US congress the honorable John Lewis was born.


On this day February 20 in African American History:

1895 – Death of Frederick Douglass. Douglass was the leading black spokesman for almost 50 years. He was a major abolitionist, lecturer, and editor.


On this day February 16 in African American History:

1923 – Bessie Smith makes her first recording, “Down Hearted Blues,” which sells 800,000 copies for Columbia

Records.


On this day February 13 in African American History:

1923 – The first black professional basketball team, “The Renaissance,” was organized. Read more about the team here.

1970 – The New York Stock Exchange admits its first black member, Joseph Searles.


On this day February 12th  in African American History:

1909 – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

(NAACP) was founded. The call for the organizational meeting was issued on 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth by

47 whites and six blacks.

1948 – First Lt. Nancy C. Leftneant became the first black accepted in the regular Army Nursing Corps.


On this day February 8 in African American History:

1986 – Oprah Winfrey becomes the first African American woman to host a nationally syndicated talk show.


On this day February 6th  in African American History:

1993 – Arthur Ashe dies. First African American tennis player to win at

Wimbledon.

1867 – Robert Tanner Jackson becomes first African American to receive a degree in dentistry


On this day February 5th  in African American History:

1958 – Clifton R. Wharton Sr. confirmed as minister to Rumania. This career diplomat was the first Black to head a U.S. embassy in Europe.

1934  Henry “Home Run King” Aaron, baseball superstar

was born. (better known as Hank Aaron)


On this day February 2nd in African American History:

1862 – District of Columbia abolishes slavery.

1897 – Alfred L. Cralle invented the ice cream Scooper

1914 – Ernest Just, genetic biologist, wins the Spingarn Medal. He received this same medal on this day in 1915 for his pioneering in cell division and fertilization.


On this day February 1 in African American History:

1865 – The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery, was adopted by the 38th Congress.

1926 – What 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.

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