On this day in Black history…
1. 1989 – DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince win the first rap Grammy for the hit single “Parents Just Don’t Understand.”
2. 1950 – Julius Winfield( “Dr.J”) Erving, 49, former basketball player, born Roosevelt, NY, Feb 22, 1950
3. 1938 – Ishmael Reed, poet, born
4. 1911 – On this day, the “Bronze Muse” died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Frances Ellen Watkins Harper wrote more than a dozen books, including ‘Poems on Miscellaneous Subjects'(1854); ‘Moses, a Story of the Nile'(1869);and ‘Sketches of Southern Life'(1872). Harper was the most famous female poet of her day and the most famous African-American poet of the 19th century. Also a well-known orator, she spoke frequently in public (sometimes twice in one day) promoting equal rights for women and African-Americans. She was a worker for the Underground Railroad, and in 1896 she helped establish the National Association of Colored Women.
5. 1911 – Frances Ellen Watkins Harper Passes
Activist and social reformer Francis Ellen Watkins Harper dies in her home in Philadelphia. Harper founded the National Convention of Colored Women in 1864 and was involved in other projects for women’s rights.
6. 1898 -Black postmaster lynched and his wife and three daughters shot and maimed for life in Lake City, S.C.
7. 1888 – Painter Horace Pippin born
In West Chester, Pennsylvania, African American painter Horace Pippin was born. Pippin is considered one of the major American painters of his period. One of his more significant works, “John Brown Going to His Hanging,” is owned by the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
8. 1841 -Grafton Tyler Brown, lithographer and painter, born.