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. 27th
- 1853: The first Black YMCA was organized in Roanoke, Virginia.
- 1872: Charlotte E. Ray graduated Howard University School of Law, becoming the first Black female lawyer in the United States.
- 1872: Cookman Institute was founded in Jacksonville. It merged with the Daytona Literary and Industrial Training School for Negro Girls, which was founded by Mary McLeod-Bethune, in 1923.
- 1880: Angelina Weld Grimké was born in Boston. The author, poet, journalist, and playwright was the first woman of color to have a play publicly performed.
- 1890: Nursing pioneer Mabel Keaton Staupers was born in Barbados. She broke down racial barriers in the American nursing industry.
- 1897: Marian Anderson was born in Philadelphia. The contralto is one of the most celebrated singers of the Twentieth Century. When the Daughters of the American Revolution refused to allow the opera singer to perform at Constitution Hall, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt arranged for her to sing at the Lincoln Memorial on April 9, 1939.
- 1904: Elisabeth Welch was born in Englewood, New Jersey. She was a singer, actress, and entertainer best known for the songs “Stormy Weather”, “Love for Sale,” and “Far Away in Shanty Town.”
- 1907: Baseball player Hilton Lee Smith was born in Giddings, Texas. He was pitched for the Kansas City Monarchs, alongside Satchel Paige, between 1932 and 1948.
- 1923: Jazz tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon was born in Los Angeles. Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Bud Powell were his contemporaries on the bebop music scene.
- 1942: Charlayne Hunter-Gault was born in Due West, South Carolina. She is a journalist and former foreign correspondent for National Public Radio, and the Public Broadcasting Service.
- 1988: Figure skater Debi Thomas became the first Black Olympian to win a medal (Bronze) at the Winter Olympic Games.
- 2007: Brown University pledged to raise $10 million to formally apologize for benefiting from American slavery. The money would be directed to local public schools and given to graduate students who pledged to work at the university. The university also would explore opening an academic center on slavery and justice, and strengthening its Africana Studies Department.
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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