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. 17th
- 1874: Writer and musician Maud Cuney-Hare was born.
- 1891: Inventor Albert Richardson patented the butter churn.
- 1918: Rep. Charles A. Hayes was born in Cairo, Illinois. He served in the House of Representatives for nearly 10 years.
- 1936: Football player, actor, and civil rights advocate Jim Brown was born in St. Simons, Georgia.
- 1938: Lawyer, administrator, activist, and author Mary Frances Berry was born. Dr. Berry would go on to become chancellor of the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she also taught history and law. She has received 28 honorary doctoral degrees and many awards for her public service and scholarly activities.
- 1941: Wellington Webb, the first Black mayor of Denver, was born.
- 1942: Black Panther Party co-founder Huey P. Newton was born. Although he was illiterate when he graduated high school, Newton taught himself to read before attending Merritt College in Oakland and the San Francisco School of Law, where he met Bobby Seale.
- 1949: Dennis Green, a college and professional football coach, was born. In 1981, he was only the second Black head coach in Division I-A history.
- 1963: Michael Jordan was born in New York City.
- 1967: Ronald DeVoe of New Edition and Bell Biv DeVoe was born in Boston.
- 1973: The Navy frigate USS Jesse L. Brown was commissioned. The ship was named for Ensign Jesse L. Brown, the first Black naval aviator killed in combat over Korea.
- 1982: Jazz pianist Thelonious Monk passed away in Englewood, New Jersey.
- 1997: Virginia House of Delegates retired the state song, which glorified slavery. A lyric was “carry me back to old Virginia.”
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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