On this day in Black history…
1. 1973 – Gertrude E. Downing and William Desjardin Corner Cleaner Attachment, Patent No. 3,715,772 on February 13, 1973
2. 1970 – Joseph Searles admitted NYSEX
The New York Stock Exchange admits its first Black member, Joseph Searles.
3. 1957 – Southern Christian Leadership Conference organized at New Orleans meeting with Martin Luther King Jr. as president.
4. 1957 – On this day the Southern Christian Leadership Conference is founded in New Orleans, LA.
5. 1923 – The first Black professional basketball team “The Renaissance” organized.
6. 1907 – Wendell P. Dabney establishes The Union.
Wendell P. Dabney establishes The Union. The Cincinnati, Ohio paper’s motto is “For no people can become great without being united, for in union there is strength.”
7. 1892 – The first African American performers, the World’s Fair Colored Opera Company, appear at Carnegie Hall.
8. 1882 – Death of Henry Highland Garnet (66), diplomat and protest leader, in Monrovia, Liberia.
9. 1818 – Absalom Jones, the first African American Episcopal priest ordained in the U.S. , dies.
10. 1635 – America’s first public school, the Boston Latin School, opened in Boston. Black students were excluded from attending.