Black History

Black History
I had no idea history was being made. I was just tired of giving up. -Rosa Parks

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.

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