Today In Black History: February 13

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Today In Black History: February 13

1. 1818 – Founder of the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, Absalom Jones dies

Absalom Jones was born into slavery in Sussex County, Delaware, on November 6, 1746. He taught himself to read and knew the New Testament thoroughly at an early age. When he was 16, Absalom’s owner took him to Philadelphia, Pa., where he served as a clerk and handyman in a retail store. (read more)


2. 1882 – Henry Highland Garnet dies

Henry Highland Garnet — born a slave, well educated, known for his skills as an orator, a leading abolitionist, a clergyman — stood before the delegates of the 1843 National Negro Convention in Buffalo, New York. In a speech given just the previous year, he had stated his belief that responsibility for the abolition of slavery lay chiefly with the whites. Freedom, he thought, would come about politically. Sometime since then, however, Garnet had a radical change of mind. In what has come to be known as his “Call to Rebellion,” Garnet gave an impassioned speech in which he encouraged slaves to revolt against their masters. (read more)


3. 1920 – Andrew “Rube” Foster organizes the National Association of Professional Baseball Clubs (Negro Leagues)

The first successful organized Negro League was established on February 13, 1920, at a YMCA in Kansas City, Missouri. Andrew “Rube” Foster was the driving force behind the organization of this league and served as its president.

As a result of his leadership role in the early years of the leagues, Foster is known as “the father of black baseball.” This first league was known as the Negro National League with member teams in the South and Midwest. The NNL operated successfully until 1931. (read more)

4. 1923 – The Renaissance, first pro African American basketball team organized

The New York Renaissance, also known as the Renaissance Big Five and as the Rens, was an all-black professional basketball team established February 13, 1923, by Robert “Bob” Douglas in agreement with the Renaissance Casino and Ballroom.[1] The Casino and Ballroom at 138th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem was an entertainment complex including a ballroom that served as the Big Five’s home court. Following each game, a dance took place. The success of the Rens shifted the focus of black basketball from amateur teams to professional teams. Initially, the Rens played mostly in Harlem, but by the end of the 1920s, as attendance began to dwindle, the team could be found more often playing on the road,barnstorming across the country out of necessity. (read more)

5. 1970 – First African American on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)

On February 13, 1970, Joseph L. Searles III became the first black floor member and floor broker in the New York Stock Exchange. He was a member of the Stock Exchange Luncheon Club.  (read more)

2 Responses to Today In Black History: February 13

  1. Stephen Young February 13, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    All new to me and awesome!!!

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