First, I want to start by saying Happy Black History Month!
I had an idea to start this blog for the sake of educating my young African Americans on their lost culture. I have two daughters in school to date and have realized that Social Studies and American History does not acknowledge that of any culture that is not of the predominantly fair toned, until February.
In this month America tends to focus on the famous and well-known. There is an entire history that is overlooked. An entire culture that is ignored. As an African American woman, I feel it is necessary that I research and enlighten. What better time to begin than in the one month we are allowed to celebrate our ancestors?
Langston Hughes (1902-1967) Playwright and Poet; Garrett Morris (1937) Actor and Comedian; Sherman Hemsley (1938-2012) Actor; James “Rick James” Johnson, Jr. (1948-2004) Singer/Songwriter, Musician, and Record Producer; Malik Sealy (1970-2000) Pro Basketball Player-NBA.
Woolworth’s Lunch Counter (1960) Youth-led peaceful movement to challenge racial inequality in the South. Led by Ezell A. Blair, Jr., Franklin E. McCain, Joseph A. McNeil, and David L. Richmond.
NASA’s Space Shuttle Columbia perished with Astronaut and Commander, Michael P. Anderson, and crew (2003)
Soul Train Creator/Producer and TV Host, Don Cornelius, commits suicide (2012)
( https://blackamericaweb.com/playlist/february-1-this-day-in-black-history/item/96339/ ; http://americanhistory.si.edu/brown/history/6-legacy/freedom-struggle-2.html ; http://www.space.com/19436-columbia-disaster.html )
Sonny Stitt (1924-1982) Saxophonist, Bandleader, and Composer; Duane Jones (1937-1988) Actor; Al McKay (1948) Guitarist, Songwriter, Producer, also Former member of Earth, Wind, and Fire; Dexter Manley (1959) Pro Football Player- NFL.
First NAACP Spingarn Award (1915) Ernest Just- Biologist, also Academic and Science Writer.
First African American to Walk in Space (1995) Astronaut Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr.
Motown’s First Bandleader, Joe Hunter from the Funk Brothers, dies in Detroit (2007)
Emile Griffith (1938-2013) Pro Boxer; Dennis Edwards (1943) Soul/ R&B Singer and former Lead Singer for Temptations; Marlon Riggs (1957-1994) Filmmaker, Educator,Poet, and Gay Rights Activist.
African American Coast Guardsman, Charles W. David, Jr., risks his life to assist in saving 93 people from heavy seas and freezing winds (1943)
Blues Artist and Songwriter, Riley “B.B.” King, guest starred in TV series “Touched by an Angel” (1996)
Former Black Panther, Warren Kimbro died (2009)
Rosa Parks (1913-2005) Civil Rights Activist; Florence LaRue (1944) Actress, Humanitarian, and Former Lead Singer of 5th Dimension; Lawrence Taylor (1959) Pro Football Player- NFL; Cameron “Cam’ron” Giles (1976) Rapper, Actor, and Entrepreneur; Nkosi Johnson (1989-2001) Child Aids Activist, Spokesperson for Struggle of Life.
Orenthal “O.J.” Simpson was found “liable” for the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman in a Civil Trial (1997)
First African American Quarterback inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame, Warren Moon (2006)
Donaldson “Donald” Byrd II- Jazz/ R&B Trumpeter died (2013)
( http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/simpson/simpsonchron.html; http://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/first-black-quarterback-enters-nfl-hall-fame; https://blackamericaweb.com/playlist/february-4-this-day-in-black-history/item/97049 )
Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron (1934) Pro Baseball Player- MLB and Senior Vice President of Atlanta Braves; Barrett Strong (1941) Singer/Songwriter); Armstrong Williams (1962) Political Commentator, Entrepreneur, Author, Host; Trayvon Martin (1995-2012) Slain African American Victim of Injustice.
Sugar Ray Leonard wins first professional fight against Luis Vega (1977)
Charles “Chuck” Cooper died (1984) One of the first African American NBA players.
Murderer of Civil Rights Activist, Medgar Evers (killed in 1963), convicted (1994)
( http://boxing.about.com/od/records/a/leonard.htm; http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/beckwith-convicted-of-killing-medgar-evers; https://blackamericaweb.com/playlist/february-5-this-day-in-black-history-2/item/213847 )