Today, we continue on our journey to learn more about the African American history that has been lost. Stepping outside the boundaries of the well-known.

Feb 6th

Birthdates:

Melvin B. Tolson (1898-1966) Modernist Poet, Educator, Columnist, and Politician; Walter E. Fauntroy (1933) Former Pastor and Civil Rights Activist; Robert “Bob” Marley (1945-1981) Jamaican Singer/Songwriter, Musician, and Guitarist; Natalie Cole (1950-2015) Singer/Songwriter, Actress.

Facts:

The first “Mayflower of Liberia” set sail from New York to the Coast of West Africa with newly freed slaves (1820)

The Peabody Fund was established for newly freed slaves (1867)

Robert L. Douglas inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame (1972)

( http://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/peabody-fund-established; https://tlcnaptown.hellobeautiful.com/2236803/black-history-fact-robert-lewis-douglas-becomes-part-of-the-basketball-hall-of-fame/; http://www.findingdulcinea.com/news/on-this-day/Feb/On-this-Day–The–Mayflower-of-Liberia–Sets-Sail-for-Africa.html )

Feb 7th

Birthdates:

Eubie Blake (1887-1983) Composer, Lyricist and Pianist; King Curtis Ousley (1934-1971) Saxophone Virtuoso; Earl King (1934-2003) Singer/Songwriter, Guitarist; Chris Rock (1965) Comedian, Actor, Writer, Producer and Director; Essence Atkins (1972) Actress and Model.

Facts:

Carter G. Woodson initiated the first National Negro Week (1926)

“Blazing Saddles” was released in US (1974)

Mel Kaufman died (2009) Pro Football Player- NFL

( http://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/carter-woodson-initiates-national-negro-week; http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071230/; https://blackamericaweb.com/playlist/february-7-this-day-in-black-history/item/98473 )

Feb 8th

Birthdates:

Joseph “Joe” Black (1924-2002) Pitcher in Negro League and MLB; Ron Tyson (1948) Singer/Songwriter; Marques Johnson (1956) Pro Basketball Player- NBA; Gary Coleman (1968-2010) Actor and Comedian

Facts:

Harry S. McAlpin was first African American journalist admitted to the White House press conference (1944)

Eddie Ayers died (2009) UCLA running back and kick returner.

Marvin Sease died (2011) Singer/Songwriter

( https://blackamericaweb.com/playlist/february-8-this-day-in-black-history/item/98953/; http://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/first-black-reporter-attends-white-house-press-conference; http://www.ocregister.com/ucla/ayers-459962-team-yards.html )

Feb 9th

Birthdates:

Walter S. Page (1900-1957) Jazz Multi-instrumentalist and Bandleader; Alice M. Walker (1944) Novelist, Writer, Poet and Activist; Christopher P. Gardner (1954) Businessman, Investor, Stockbroker, Motivational Speaker, Author and Philanthropist; Michael B. Jordan (1987) Model and Actor

Facts:

Paul L. Dunbar died (1906) Poet, Novelist and Playwright

Leroy “Satchel” Paige was the first Negro League Veteran nominated to the Baseball Hall of Fame (1971)

Dr. Bernard Harris was the first African American to walk in space (1995)

( http://www.essence.com/galleries/dr-bernard-harris-jr-first-black-man-walk-space?slide=31960; http://www.blackenterprise.com/functional/black-history-month/black-history-month-facts-of-the-day-feb-9th/; http://www.blackhistorydaily.com/on_this_day/February_9/; http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/satchel-paige-nominated-to-baseball-hall-of-fame )

Feb 10th

Birthdates:

Joseph C. Price (1854-1893) First President and Founder of Livingston College; William “Chick” Webb (1905-1939) Jazz and Swing Music Drummer and Bandleader; Grace T. Hamilton (1907-1992) First African American Woman Elected to the Georgia General Assembly; Mary Violet Leontyne Price (1927) Opera Soprano; Roberta C. Flack (1939) Singer and Musician

Facts:

Ronald H. Brown was elected as the first African American Chairman of the Democratic Party National Committee (1989)

Buster Douglas defeated Mike Tyson in Tokyo, Japan (1990)

Alex Haley died (1992) Writer and Author of the 1976 book “Roots: The Saga of an American Family”

( http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/brown-elected-chairman-of-the-democratic-party; https://blackamericaweb.com/playlist/february-10-this-day-in-black-history/item/99308/; https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2015/feb/11/mike-tyson-underdog-buster-douglas-boxing-from-the-vault )

 

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