As you know, this month we’re challenging ourselves to learn something new about our history every day of Black History Month, and we’re hoping to share our findings with you, the UPTOWN readers.
Today In Black History: Feb. 15th
- 1793: Austin Steward was born a slave in Prince William County, but would escape to Canada in 1815. He created a successful business in Rochester, New York in 1817, and became an administrator and biographer of his life.
- 1795: Rebecca Cox Jackson was born to a free family. She would go on to become an elder in the Shaker religion and found a Shaker community in Philadelphia.
- 1804: The New Jersey Legislature passed “An Act for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery,” becoming the last northern state to outlaw slavery.
- 1820: Abolitionist and women’s rights advocate Susan B. Anthony was born in Adams, Massachusetts.
- 1848: Boston required 5-year-old Sarah Roberts to enroll in an all-Black school. Her father, Benjamin Roberts, filed the first school integration lawsuit, Roberts v. City of Boston, on her behalf.
- 1851: Black abolitionists broke into a Boston courtroom and rescued fugitive slave Shadrach Minkins, who was affected by the Nat Turner rebellion and became the first runaway detained under the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law.
- 1901: Bluesman Kokomo Arnold was born in Lovejoy, Georgia. He regarded his career as a musician second to his work as a bootlegger.
- 1902: Journalist and publicist Fay Jackson was born in Dallas. She founded Flash, the first Black news magazine on the West Coast, and became the first black Hollywood correspondent with the Associated Negro Press in the 1930s.
- 1942: Businesswoman and entrepreneur Caroline R. Jones was born in Benton Harbor, Michigan.
- 1961: American and African nationalists protested the slaying of Congo Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba by disrupting U.N. sessions.
- 1964: “Hello Dolly” became Louis Armstrong‘s only number one record.
- 1965: Nat King Cole died from lung cancer in Santa Monica, California at the age of 45.
- 1968: Henry Lewis became the first Black conductor to lead a symphony orchestra in the United States.
Did we leave a notable person or event off this list? Well, each one teach one. Let us know in the comments.
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