Feb 16th

Birthdates:

Leon Ware (1940) Music Artist, Songwriter, Composer; James E. Ingram (1952) Singer/Songwriter, Producer, Instrumentalist; Levardis R. Burton, Jr. (1957) Actor, Presenter, Director, Author; Tracy “Ice Tea” Marrow (1958) Rapper, Actor; Wasalu “Lupe Fiasco” Jaco (1982) Rapper, Producer, Entrepreneur.

Facts:

North Carolina crackdown begins on the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) (1952)

Joe Frazier knocked out Jimmy Ellis in New York Heavyweight title fight (1970)

The LA Lakers retired Magic Johnson’s uniform #32 (1992)

( http://boxrec.com/media/index.php/Joe_Frazier_vs._Jimmy_Ellis; https://blackamericaweb.com/playlist/february-16-this-day-in-black-history/item/100720; https://dp.la/item/f3ac8189cd2cbbc99590421a96afd395; http://www.nba.com/lakers/history/retired_numbers )

Feb 17th

Birthdates:

James “Jim” Brown (1936) Actor, Pro Football Player- NFL; Mary F. Beary (1938) Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History, Former Chairman of US Commission Civil Rights; Dr. Huey P. Newton (1942-1989) Political Activist, Revolutionary,  Co-Founder of Black Panther Party; Michael J. Jordan (1963) Pro Basketball Player- NBA, Businessman, Principal Owner and Chairman of Charlotte Hornets.

Facts:

Navy USS Jesse L. Brown (FF1089) commissioned (1973)

Thelonius Monk died (1982) Jazz Pianist and Composer.

Miami Officer Luis Alvarez was indicted for the shooting death of 21 year old Nevell Johnson, Jr. (1983)

( http://www.nytimes.com/1983/02/18/us/officer-indicted-in-miami-shooting.html; http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/B/BrowJi00.htm; http://www.yenoba.com/index.php?month=February&day=17&Black=African_American&userselect=1&Get+Date=Day+Search; http://www.navysite.de/ff/ff1089.htm )

Feb 18th

Birthdates:

Harriot Gibbs-Marshall (1868-1941) Musician, Writer, Educator; Paul Williams (1894-1980) Architect; Toni Morrison (1931) Novelist, Editor, Professor Emeritus at Princeton University; Audre Lorde (1934-1992) Writer, Feminist, Womanist, Civil Rights Activist.

Facts:

The first formal protest against slavery filed in Pennsylvania (1688)

Rebels abandoned Chaleston, South Carolina (1865)

Morehouse College founded (1867)

( http://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/morehouse-college-founded; http://www.aaregistry.org/content/today-african-american-history-february-18-1; http://www.arthurashe.org/blog/first-formal-protest-against-slavery-filed-in-pennsylvania-in-1688; http://www.nytimes.com/1865/02/21/news/good-charleston-our-possession-city-abandoned-rebels-saturday-last-admiral.html )

Feb 19th

Birthdates:

William “Smokey” Robinson (1940) Singer/Songwriter, Producer, Former Record Executive; Horace Andy (1951) Raggae Songwriter, Singer; Conrad Murray (1953) Cardiologist, Personal Physician to Michael Jackson Convicted of Involuntary Manslaughter in his death; Seal Samuel ( 1963) Singer/Songwriter.

Facts:

Military initiates Tuskegee Airmen (1942)

Vonetta Flowers is first African American to win a Gold Medal in the Winter Olympics (2002)

President Barack Obama attends a Summit on Countering Violent Extremist (2015)

( http://www.blackenterprise.com/lifestyle/be28andgreat-this-day-in-history-first-black-gold-medalist-winter-olympics/; http://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/military-initiates-tuskegee-airmen; https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/the-press-office/2015/02/19/remarks-president-summit-countering-violent-extremism-february-19-2015; http://www.biography.com/people/conrad-murray-481814 )

Feb 20th

Bithdates:

Sidney Poitier (1927) Actor, Director, Author, Diplomat; Nancy Wilson (1937) Singer, Actress, Entertainer; Charles W. Barkley (1963) Retired Pro Basketball Player- NBA, Analyst; Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty (1988) Barbadian Singer/Songwriter, Actress.

Facts:

“Harlem: A Melodrama of Negro Life in Harlem” by Wallace Thurman opened at the Apollo Theater (1929)

John Singleton was first African American Director nominated for an Academy Award as Best Director and Screenplay (1992)

Willie Thrower died (2002) First African American Quarterback to play in the Big Ten Conference.

( http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/john-singleton-nominated-for-best-director-oscar; https://blackamericaweb.com/playlist/february-20-this-day-in-black-history/item/102783; http://www.encyclopedia.com/history/historians-and-chronicles/historians-miscellaneous-biographies/wallace-henry-thurman#F; http://www.biography.com/people/willie-thrower-213033#synopsis )

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