On this day in Black history…
1. 1991 – African Americans win eight Grammys.
2. 1968 – State troopers used tear gas to stop demonstrations at Alcorn A&M College.
3. 1963 – Charles Wade Barkley, basketball player, born Leeds, AL, February 20, 1963
4. 1936 – Death of John Hope
Death of John Hope (67), president, Atlanta University.
5. 1936 – Jazz singer Nancy Wilson born
Jazz singer, actress, Nancy Wilson born in Chillicothe, Ohio.
6. 1931 – Army Lt. Gen. Emmett Paige, Jr. born
Army Lt. Gen. Emmett Paige, Jr. born in Jacksonville, Florida
7. 1929 – Writer Wallace Thurman’s play Harlem opens in NYC.
Writer Wallace Thurman’s play Harlem opens in NYC. It is the first successful play by an African American playwright.
8. 1927 – Sidney Poitier born
2/20/1927: On this day Sidney Poitier, who will be the first AfricanAmerican to win an Academy Award in a starring role, is born in Miami, Fl.
9. 1900 -J.F. Bickering patents airship invention
10. 1895 – Death of Frederick Douglass (78), Anacostia
Death of Frederick Douglass (78), Anacostia Heights, District of Columbia. Douglass was the leading Black spokesman for almost fifty years. He was a major abolitionist and a lecturer and editor.
11. 1869 – Tennessee Governor W.C. Brownlow declared martial law in nine countries in Ku Klux Klan crisis.