It Happened This Week: Black History Month
Posted by sherrysaunders on February 16, 2011
Did you know? Here are some interesting facts to remember during Black History Month
1848 – Sarah Roberts barred from white school in Boston. Her father, Benjamin Roberts, filed the first school integration suit on her behalf (Roberts vs. City of Boston).
1923 - Bessie Smith makes her first recording, Down Hearted Blues which sold 800,000 copies for Columbia Records
1938 - Dr. Mary Frances Berry, the first woman to serve as a chancellor of a major research university, is born in Nashville, Tenn
1931 - Pulitzer Prize winner, Toni Morrison is born in Lorain, Ohio.
1688 – The historic “Germantown Protest” by Germantown, PA Quakers denounced slavery and the slave trade.
2002 – Vonetta Flowers became the first black gold medalist in the history of the Winter Olympic Games. She and partner Jull Brakken won the inagural women’s two-person bobsled event.
1919 – The Pan-African Congress, organized by W.E.B. Du Bois, held its first meeting, in Paris. There were fifty-seven delegates: sixteen from the United States and fourteen from Africa. Blaise Diagne of Senegal was elected president and Du Bois was named secretary.
1936 – Jazz singer, actress, Nancy Wilson born in Chillicothe, Ohio