Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Today in Black History

1804
The New Jersey Legislature approved a law calling for "gradual" emancipation of African Americans. In so doing, New Jersey became the last Northern state to outlaw slavery.


1848 
Sarah Roberts barred from white school in Boston. Her father, Benjamin Roberts, filed the first school integration suit on her behalf.


1851 
Black abolitionists invaded Boston courtroom and rescued a fugitive slave.


1964 
Louis Armstrong's "Hello Dolly" recording becomes his first and only number one record.


1965 
Nat King Cole (45), Singer and Pianist, died in Santa Monica, California.


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


1970 
Nationalists disrupted UN session on Congo with demonstration for slain Congo Premier Patrice Lumumba.




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