Dates to Remember for Black History Month

February 1990; page 14; Volume 1, No. 4
Polemicist

FEBRUARY 1, 1870

Jonathan Jasper Wright elected to South Carolina Supreme Court, becoming first black to hold a major judicial post.

FEBRUARY 1, 1965

Seven hundred people arrested in Selma, Alabama demonstrating for black voting rights.

FEBRUARY 6, 1945

Birth of Bob Marley, Jamaican reggae singer.

FEBRUARY 9, 1946

Birth of black novelist, Alice Walker.

FEBRUARY 12, 1909

Founding of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, NAACP.

FEBRUARY 14, 1817

Birth of Frederick Douglass, escaped slave, editor of Rochester, NY, abolitionist newspaper, The North Star.

FEBRUARY 17, 1942

Birth of Huey Newton, founder of the Black Panther Party.

FEBRUARY 19, 1919

First Pan-African Congress organized by W.E.B. DuBois and others in Paris, France. Also on this date, 1942, domestic apartheid: FDR sends 120,000 West Coast Japanese, including U.S. citizens, to concentration camps.

FEBRUARY 21, 1965

Assassination of Malcolm X, black liberation leader.