Saturday, February 19

On this Day in Black History

*sorry no links today

1850 - Edward Bannister helps form the Providence, Rhode Island Art Club
1869 - Sylvester Williams born
1871 - Lugenia Burns Hope born
1902 - John Bubbles born.
1919 - The first Pan-African Congress opens in Paris under the leadership of W.E.B. Du Bois.
1940 - William "Smokey" Robinson born
1940 - Bobby Rogers (Smokey Robinson & the Miracles) born
1942 - Tuskegee Airmen were initiated into the armed forces.
1952 - Emmett L. Ashford became the first black umpire in organized baseball. He was authorized to be a substitute in the Southwestern International League.
1960 Keith Musa[kawukhathi] Zondi South Africa head (Inkatha Youth Brigade) born
1963 - Seal born
1982 - Clarence Thomas is nominated by President Ronald Reagan to head the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the purpose of which they both oppose.
1991 - Public Enemy boycotted the 1991 Grammy Awards because the rap award was not going to be presented during the live TV ceremony
1992 - John Singleton became the first African American nominated for an Academy Award as best director for his film Boyz N the Hood.
1996 - Dorothy Maynor died
1997 - Miles Davis received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2002 - Vonetta Flowers became the first African-American gold medallist in the history of the Winter Olympic Games.
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