Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Today in Black History

Grafton Tyler Brown
Lithographer and Painter, born

In West Chester, Pennsylvania, African American painter Horace Pippin was born. Pippin is considered one of the major American painters of his period. One of his more significant works, "John Brown Going to His Hanging," is owned by the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

Black postmaster lynched and his wife and three daughters shot and maimed for life in Lake City, S.C.

On this day, the "Bronze Muse" died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Frances Ellen Watkins Harper wrote more than a dozen books, including 'Poems on Miscellaneous Subjects'(1854); 'Moses, a Story of the Nile'(1869);and 'Sketches of Southern Life'(1872). Harper was the most famous female poet of her day and the most famous African-American poet of the 19th century. Also a well-known orator, she spoke frequently in public(sometimes twice in one day)promoting equal rights for women and African-Americans. She was a worker for the Underground Railroad, and in 1896 she helped establish the National Association of Colored Women.

Ishmael Reed, poet, born

Julius Winfield( "Dr.J") Erving, 49, former basketball player, born Roosevelt, NY, Feb 22, 1950


Adam Clayton Powell, Jr  (activist and chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor) denied his congressional seat 

St. Lucia celebrates its Independence

DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince win the first rap Grammy for the hit single "Parents Just Don't Understand."

Johnnie Rebecca Carr dies at age 97 (from a stroke). She formed the Montgomery Improvement Association after Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to forfeit a bus seat to a white man.

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