On this day in Black history…
1. 1999 – Cyber-Youth Network Launch
On Wednesday, February 3rd, for the first time in history, America’s urban students will have a Web site specifically designed to address their educational needs and interests.
2. 1997 – Award-winning jazz drummer Tony Williams dies in Daly City, California.
3. 1989 – Six time All-Star Bill White, former Saint Louis Cardinals first baseman was named president of National League. He is the first African American to head a major sports league.
4. 1989 – Tennis professional Lori McNeil defeated Chris Evert in the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.
5. 1988 – Confederate Flag Protest
In Montgomery, Alabama, Thomas Reed, president of the Alabama chapter of the NAACP, was arrested after he and 11 others attempted to strike a Confederate flag flying atop the state capitol building.
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6. 1981 – The Air Force Academy drops its ban on applicants with sickle cell trait.
7.1965 – Geraldine McCullough, sculptor, wins the Widener Gold Medal award.
8. 1964 – School officials reported that 464,000 Black and Puerto Rican students boycotted New York City public schools. More than 267,000 were absent during second boycott, March 16.
9. 1956- Autherine J. Lucy becomes the first black student to attend the University of Alabama. She was expelled three days later “for her own safety” in response to threats from a mob. In 1992 Autherine Lucy Foster graduated from the University with a master’s degree in education. The same day, her daughter, Grazia Foster, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in corporate finance.
10. 1948 – Black Mother and Sons Condemned to Death
Rosa Ingram and her fourteen-and sixteen -year-old sons condemned to death for the alleged murder of a white Georgian. Mrs. Ingram said she acted in self-defense.
12. 1948 – Laura Wheeler Waring, portrait painter and illustrator dies.
13. 1920 – The Negro Baseball League founded.
14. 1903 – Jack Johnson, Negro Heavyweight
On February 3, 1903; Jackson became the first Negro Heavyweight Champion
15. 1874 – Blanche Kelso Bruce elected to a full six-year term in the U.S. Senate by the Mississippi legislature.
16. 1810 – Black Hero of Argentina dies
Antonio Ruiz (El Negro Falucho), national hero of Buenos Aires, Agentina, dies for his country.
17. 0 – Reginald F. Lewis was born on this day in Baltimore, Maryland. He received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1968. He was a partner in Murphy, Thorpes& Lewis, the first black law firm on Wall Street. In 1989 he became president and CEO of TLC Beatrice International food Company, Lewis became the head of the largest black-owned business in the United States. TLC Beatrice had revenues of $1.54 billion in 1992