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Black History Month 2013

8News celebrates the achievements and contributions of African-Americans during Black History Month 2013! Each day, we will post a new black history fact here on our website...check back daily to learn something new!

Fact #1:

Sit-in Movement in Greensboro, North Carolina

February 1, 1960

Four students form North Carolina A&T College started Sit-in movement at Greensboro, N.C., five-and-dime store.

By February 10 movement had spread to fifteen Southern cities in five states.

(blackfacts.com)

Fact #2:

When: Feb 2, 2009

What: Eric Holder ~ becomes the first black person to be confirmed as United States Attorney General.

Fact #3:

In honor of the Super Bowl... today's fact is football related.

George Taliaferro was the First African-American drafted by an NFL club. He was picked by the Chicago Bears in the thirteenth round of the 1949 draft but elected to sign with the Los Angeles Dons of the AAFC (All-American Football Conference). Two years later he went on to play for the New York Yanks in the NFL.

Fact #4:

In honor of Rosa Parks, the U.S. Postal Service is releasing a commemorative forever stamp with her image.

Today would have been Parks 100th birthday. She is celebrated for starting the Alabama Bus Boycott after not giving her seat on a bus to a white man on December 1. 1955.

Fact #5:

On this day in 1990--- Columbia University graduate and Harvard University law student Barack Obama became the first African American named president of the Harvard Law Review.

Fact #6:

On this day in 1993, Richmond native and famed tennis player Arthur Ashe died. He was the first African American to win at Wimbledon. There is a statue dedicated in his likeness and honor here in Richmond; located at Monument Avenue & Roseneath Road. The unveiling ceremony in 1996 drew a crowd of thousands for a celebration of Ashe's many achievements as athlete, humanitarian, and scholar.

Fact #7:

On this day in 1926 - "Negro History Week" was originated by Carter G.Woodson.

Fact #8:

February 8, 1986: Oprah Winfrey became the first African-American woman to host a nationally syndicated talk show. "The Oprah Winfrey Show" continued for 25 years. The multi-talented Winfrey now owns her OWN network!

Fact #9:

On this day in 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from prison. He served 27 years in a South African prison after the laws of apartheid were relaxed.


Fact #10:

On this day in 1909 the NAACP was founded. The National Association for the advancement of Colored People serves the public as a civil rights organization. It helps prevent unjust and set equality for all minorities.


Fact #11:

February 13, 1957: The Southern Christian Leadership Conference was organized. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr served as President.

Fact #12:

On this day in 1867, Morehouse College organized in Augusta, Georgia. It's the only Historically Black College for men only. Morehouse's prestigious alumni include Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The institution was later moved to Atlanta where it now sits in the corridor of other great HBCU's (Spelman College & Clark Atlanta University).


Fact #13:

On this day in 1968, Henry Lewis became the first African American to lead a symphony orchestra in the United States.

Fact #14:

On this day in 1963 NBA superstar Michael Jordan was born. Jordan he was a 3rd pick of the NBA draft in 1984. He won six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls, six MVP titles, and two Olympic gold medals with the "Dream Team". Jordan also launched a shoe sensation with his Jordan brand sneakers that continues to dominate sales today. He now owns the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats.


Fact #15:

On this day in 1963 NBA superstar Michael Jordan was born. Jordan he was a 3rd pick of the NBA draft in 1984. He won six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls, six MVP titles, and two Olympic gold medals with the "Dream Team". Jordan also launched a shoe sensation with his Jordan brand sneakers that continues to dominate sales today. He now owns the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats.

Fact #16:

February 18, 1931: Toni Morrison (Chloe Anthony Wofford) was born. Morrison is a widely celebrated author who won a Pulitzer Prize for her novel, Beloved.

Fact #17:

L. Douglas Wilder was the first black governor. He took office here in Virginia in 1990. The only other elected since has been Deval Patrick of Massachusetts in 2007.

Fact # 18:

February 21, 1965: Human Rights Activist Malcolm X was assassinated during a speaking engagement in New York.

Fact #19:
Jamie Foxx won an Academy Award for "Best Actor" in 2004 for his big-screen portrayal of the legendary Ray Charles.


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