IT is my honor, my pleasure and my duty to continuing to offer the recognition of Black History Month to the People of the CNMI. As Dr. King once asked me and others “if not you then who, and if not now then when” will anyone whole-heartedly promote and embrace Black History Month in appreciation of the many accomplishments by African-Americans.
Feb. 15, 1848 - Sarah Roberts barred from white school in Boston. Her father, Benjamin Roberts, filed the first school integration suit on her behalf.
Feb. 16, 1857 - Frederick Douglass elected President of Freeman Bank and Trust.
Feb. 16, 1923 - Bessie Smith makes her first recording, "Down Hearted Blues."
Feb. 15, 1851 - Black abolitionists invaded a Boston courtroom and rescued a fugitive slave.
Feb. 15, 1968 - Henry Lewis becomes the first black to lead a symphony orchestra in the United States, which sells 800,000 copies for Columbia Records.
Feb. 16, 1951 - New York City Council passes a bill prohibiting racial discrimination in city-assisted housing developments.
Feb. 17, 1870 - Congress passed resolution readmitting Mississippi on condition that it would never change its constitution to disenfranchise blacks.
Feb. 17, 1963 - Michael Jeffrey Jordan, famed basketball player and former minor league baseball player, born in New York, N.Y.
Feb. 17, 1997 - Virginia House of Delegates votes unanimously to retire the state song, "Carry Me Back to Old Virginia," a tune that glorifies slavery.
Feb. 18, 1688 - First formal protest against slavery by organized white body in English America made by Germantown Quakers at monthly meeting.
Feb. 18, 1865 - Rebels abandoned Charleston. First Union troops to enter the city included 21st U.S.C.T., followed by two companies of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteers.
Feb. 18, 1931 - Toni Morrison (born Chloe Anthony Wofford), who will win the Pulitzer Prize for her novel “Beloved” and the Nobel Prize for Literature, was born on this day in Lorain, Ohio.
Feb. 19, 1919 - Pan-African Congress, organized by W.E.B. DuBois, met at the Grand Hotel, Paris. There were 57 delegates -16 from the United States and 14 from Africa as well as others from 16 countries and colonies.
Feb. 20, 1895 - Death of Frederick Douglass. Douglass was the leading black spokesman for almost 50 years. He was a major abolitionist, lecturer, and editor.
Feb. 21, 1895 - North Carolina Legislature, dominated by black Republicans and white Populists, adjourned for the day to mark the death of Frederick Douglass.