Monday, February 14, 2011

Today In Black History February 14

1760 
Richard Allen born in slavery in Philadelphia


1817 
Possible birthday of Frederick Douglass, abolitionist and orator. Born into slavery as Frederick Baile, Douglass purchased his freedom in 1845 and went on to become the greatest abolitionist of his time.

1867 
Morehouse College organized in Augusta, Georgia. The institution was later moved to Atlanta. 

1867
New registration law in Tennessee abolished racial distinctions in voting.


1936 
National Negro Congress organized at Chicago meeting attended by 817 delegates representing more than 500 organizations. Asa Phillip Randolph of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters was elected president of the new organization.

1946 




Entertainer and dancer Gregory Hines born

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