This Day in Black History: February 15th



On this day in Black history…

1. 1970 – Nationalists disrupted UN session on Congo with demonstration for slain Congo Premier Patrice Lumumba.

2. 1968 – On this day Henry Lewis becomes the first African American to lead a symphony orchestra in the United States.

3. 1965 – Nat King Cole (45), singer and pianist, died in Santa Monica, California.

4. 1964 – Louis Armstrong’s “Hello Dolly” recording becomes his first and only number one record.

5. 1851 – Black abolitionists invaded Boston courtroom and rescued a fugitive slave.

6. 1848 – Sarah Roberts barred from white school in Boston. Her father, Benjamin Roberts, filed the first school integration suit on her behalf.

7. 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.

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