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Today In Black History: February 12

Today In Black History: February 12 1793 – Congress enacted the first fugitive slave law On this day, Congress passes the first fugitive slave law, requiring all states, including those that forbid slavery, to forcibly return slaves who have escaped from other states to their original owners. The laws stated that “no person held to service of labor in one state, under the laws thereof, escaping into another, shall, in consequence of any law or regulation therein, be discharged from such labor or service or Continue reading →

Today In Black History: February 10

Today In Black History: February 10   1. 1907 – Grace Towns Hamilton born The first African American woman elected to the Georgia General Assembly, Grace Towns Hamilton was also the first female of her race in the Deep South to hold a public office of such consequence. She was among eight African Americans sent to the state legislature in a special election in June 1965; they were the first to enter the lower house since the end of Reconstruction. Hamilton represented her district in mid-Atlanta continuously for Continue reading →

Today In Black History: February 9

Today In Black History: February 9 1. 1944  – Novelist Alice Walker was born Alice Walker was born on February 9, 1944, in Eatonton, Georgia. She worked as a social worker, teacher, and lecturer and took part in the 1960s civil rights movement in Mississippi. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her 1982 novel “The Color Purple,” and she’s also an acclaimed poet and essayist. 2. 1971: Baseball great Leroy “Satchel” Paige was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame After playing against Paige, Dizzy Continue reading →

Today In Black History: February 7

Today In Black History: February 7 1. 1967 – Actor and comedian Chris Rock was born Chris Rock (born Christopher Julius Blake) was born February 7, 1967 in Andrews, South Carolina. Shortly thereafter his parents moved to New York. Rock is most notable for being a comedian and actor, however he is also a  is a screenwriter, television producer, film producer and director. 2. 1883 – Pianist Eubie Blake was born The year of James Herbert “Eubie” Blake’s birth is in question. All the official documents such Continue reading →

February 5: Happy Birthday Natalie Cole

Happy Birthday Natalie Cole Nine-time Grammy Award Winning, songwriter and performer Natalie Cole was born February 6, 1950 to singers Nat King Coleand Maria Cole. Natalie Cole rocketed to stardom in 1975 with her debut album, Inseparable, earning her a #1 single, “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” and two Grammy® awards for Best New Artist, as well as Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. (source) >>> See Full Bio

February 5: Happy Birthday Baseball Legend Hank Aaron

Happy Birthday Baseball Legend Hank Aaron Born into humble circumstances on February 5, 1934, in Mobile, Alabama, Henry Louis ‘Hank’ Aaron ascended the ranks of the Negro Leagues to become a major league baseball icon. Aaron played 23 years as an outfielder for the Atlanta Braves, during which time he broke many of baseball’s most distinguished records, including most career home runs (755)–a record that stood for more than two decades. (biography)