Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Today in Black History
Here are some links to help you dive a little deeper into events that happened on February 15...
1968: On this day Henry Lewis becomes the first African American to lead a symphony orchestra in the United States.
1965: Nat King Cole, singer and pianist, died in Santa Monica, California.
1964: Louis Armstrong's "Hello Dolly" recording becomes his first and only number one record.
1961: U.S. and African nationalist protesting the slaying of Congo Premier Patrice Lumumba disrupts U.N. sessions
1851: Black abolitionists invaded Boston courtroom and rescued a fugitive slave.
1848: Sarah Roberts barred from white school in Boston in Boston. Her father, Benjamin Roberts, filed the first school integration suit on her behalf.
1804: The New Jersey Legislature approved a law calling for "gradual" emancipation of African Americans. In so doing, New Jersey became the last Northern state to outlaw slavery.