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. 17, 1942, Huey P. Newton, co-founder of the Black Panther Party, was born in Monroe, La. Newton was a famous activist and political protester who, alongside Bobby Seale, founded the Black Panther Party in 1966. His defining role caused many legal convictions and though the Party was a driving force behind the civil rights movement, Huey was involved in many legal issues. He was convicted of manslaughter after killing a police officer and was sentenced to serve two-to-15 years in prison. The charges were eventually dismissed.
On Feb. 17, 1963, NBA superstar, Michael Jordan, was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. His career started in college, playing for the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill before getting signed with the Chicago Bulls. His many accolades include a trifecta of championships in the early and mid-1990s, five MVP awards, 14 NBA All-Star Game appearances, six NBA Finals MVP Awards and 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award. He is currently owner of the Charlotte Bobcats.