Today in Black history…
1. 1996 – J.C. Watts becomes the first Black selected to respond to a state of the union address.
2. 1986 – A stamp of Sojourner Truth is issued by the U.S. Postal Service
3. 1971 – National Guard mobilized to quell rioting in Wilmington, North Carolina. Two persons killed. Until the 9th.
4. 1969 – MPLA begins armed struggle against Portugal in Angola.
5. 1913 – Rosa Parks (born Rosa Louise McCauley) was born on this day.
6. 1794 – France abolishes slavery. The nation will have a lukewarm commitment to abolition and will, under Napoleon, reestablish slavery in 1802 along with the reinstitution of the “Code noir”, prohibiting blacks, mulattoes and other people of color from entering French colonial territory or intermarrying with whites.