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Feb. 12: The NAACP is Formed & the First Black Head Coach is Born

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Every day during the month of February, WPGC will feature an important moment in Black history.  These daily vignettes are read by local children in the District and surrounding areas.

On Feb. 12 , 1934, William Felton Russell, the first African-American to coach a major sports team, was born in Monroe, La. Russell rose to fame during his 13-year career with the Boston Celtics, winning five MVP awards and a 12-time All Star player.  During his time with the Celtics, he led the team to 11 championships.  When he became head coach of the Boston Celtics, he made history as the first black head coach in any major U.S. professional sport.

On Feb. 12, 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded.  Formed in New York City by a group of black and white citizens vying for equality, the NAACP works to “ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.”  Today, the NAACP is the biggest organization working to help the black community with over 300,000 members nationwide.

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