Dates to Remember for Black History Month
February 1990; page 14; Volume 1, No. 4
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.