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Important Dates in Black History

February 1
1920 b. - Langston Hughes, World renowned Harlem Renaissance writer
1929 - Roland Hayes, Acclaimed tenor performed at Florida A&M College (FAMC)
1960 - Greensboro, NC, First "Sit-in" protest initiated by four North Carolina A&T students
February 2
1776 - General George Washington, Answered letter from famous Negro poetess Phillis Wheatley, who wrote a tributary poem to him
February 3
1920 - Negro Baseball League, Founded
1903 - Jack Johnson, Boxing pionner became the first heavyweight champion
February 4
1913 b. - Rosa Parks, Mother of the Civil Rights Movement
1947 - Dr. Charles Drew, Internationally famous Negro surgeon, served as chief consultant for the Annual FAMC Medical and Dental Clinics
February 5
1964 - 24th Amendment, Eliminated the poll tax in federal elections
1934 b. Hank Aaron, Baseball sensation and home run king (755 career home runs), known as "Hammering Hank"
February 6
1993 d. - Arthur Ashe, Tennis player, activist, humanitarian
1867 - Peabody Fund, Established to support African American education in the South
February 7
1923-1979 d. - Gwendolyn Cherry, FAMU alumna, lawyer, author, educator, and first African-American woman to serve in the Florida House of Representatives
1951 - FAMU Hospital, Offically dedicated
February 8
1863 - 54th Massachusetts Regiment, Organized
1986 - Oprah Winfrey, Became the first African American woman to host a nationally syndicated television talk show
February 9
1944 b. - Alice Walker, Author of prize winning novel The Color Purple
1906 d. - Paul Lawrence Dunbar, One of America's greatest poets
February 10 
1927 b. - Leontyne Price, Internationally famous opera singer
1989 - Ronald H. Brown, Elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee
February 11
1920 b. - General Daniel "Chappie" James, Pensacola, Florida native, first African-American four star general and at one time the highest ranking African-American officer in the U.S. military
1990- Nelson Mandela, Released from a South African prison after serving twenty-seven years
February 12
1809 b. - Abraham Lincoln, "The Great Emancipator" and the 16th President of the United States
1909 - National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Founded in New York
February 13
1926 - Negro History Week, Initial celebration started by noted historian and author Dr. Carter G. Woodson, "The Father of Black History"
1960 - Beginning of FAMU Student Sit-Ins, First sit-in protests held in Florida. Initiated by FAMU and local high school students and other community members
February 14
1817 b. - Frederick Douglass, World renowned abolitionist, statesman and orator
1914 - John Hope, President of Morehouse College, lectured at FAMU
1949 - John Hope Franklin, Famous historian and author spoke at Lee Hall at 10 am as a part of Lyceum Series
February 15
1820-1906 b. - Susan B. Anthony, Abolitionist and leader of the women's suffrage movement, among the first white Americans advocating Negro suffrage after the Civil War
1935 - FAMC Federal Credit Union, Founded
1957 - Southern Leadership Conference (SCLC), Founded
February 16
1897 - P. Walker, Negro inventor patents machine for cleaning seeds from cotton
1940 - Augusta Savage, Famous African-American sculptor
February 17
1942-1989 b. - Huey P. Newton, Co-founder of the Black Panther Party
1963 b. Michael Jordan, NBA superstar, sports icon and one of the greatest athletes to ever play the game of basketball
February 18
1688 - Quakers in Germantown, PA, Staged the first formal protest against slavery in Colonial America
1931 b. - Toni Morrison, First black woman to win Nobel Prize in Literature
1947 - Dr. William E. B. DuBois, Author, historian and sociologist, spoke at FAMC during a special on-campus lecture series
February 19
1887-1983 d. - John Matheus, FAMC faculty member and administrator, author, educator, scholar and member of the Harlem Renaissance
February 20
1895 d. - Frederick Douglass, Editor of the abolitionist paper, The North Star
1960 - Tallahassee, FL, First "Jail-in" protest initiated by eight FAMU students who were arrested for boycotting segregated businesses in downtown Tallahassee
February 21
1965 d. - Malcolm X, Revered African-American leader assassinated in New York. Founder of the Organization of African-American Unity
February 22
1819 - Adam-onis Treaty, Signed as a result of Andrew Jackson's invasion of East Florida in his campaign against the Seminole Indians, who were close allies with runaway slaves
February 23
1868 b. - W.E.B. Dubois, Famous African-American educator, editor, philosopher and civil liberties leader
February 24
1811 b. - Daniel A. Payne, Reformer, Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and first president of Wilberforce University
February 25
1870 - Hiram Revels, Took oath of office becoming the first African-American U.S. Senator
February 26
1869 - 15th Amendment, Which gave African-American males suffrage, proposed in Congress
1928 b. Fats Domino, Rock and roll superstar
1930 - The Green Pastures, A pioneering play with an all-black cast, opened in New York City and ran continuously for 16 months
February 27
1897-1993 b. Marian Anderson, World famous African-American singer
1988 - Debbi Thomas, Became the first African-American to win a medal in the Winter Olympics (figure skating)
February 28
1984 - Michael Jackson, Musical genius international entertainment icon, and "King of Pop" won eight Grammy Awards