Black History Month
On Feb. 11, 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from a South African prison after 27 years.
On Feb. 10, 1964, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by a vote of 290 to 130 and President Barack Obama won a GRAMMY Award for Best Spoken Word Album.
On Feb. 9, 1995, Dr. Bernard Harris became the first African-American to perform a spacewalk and students at Johnson C. Smith stage sit-ins.
On Feb. 8, 1986, the Oprah Winfrey Show became nationally syndicated.
Redskins wide receiver Josh Morgan may be unsure about his future with the team, but when it comes to the future of black history in schools, he’s always sure about one thing. “[Teachers aren’t] even teaching it at their schools, they’re not teaching [students] what it means.”
On Feb. 7, Carter Woodson created the first ever Negro History Week and comedian Chris Rock was born.
On Feb. 6, 1945, Nesta Robert Marley was born in St. Ann, Jamaica and Arthur Ashe passed away from pneumonia.
On Feb. 5, Clifton R. Wharton Sr. became the first African-American U.S. ambassador to be appointed diplomat over a European country and Hank Aaron was born in Mobile, Ala.
On Feb. 4, 1913, Rosa Parks, the mother of the civil rights movement was born in Tuskegee, Ala. and Warren Moon became the first black man to be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.
All month, WPGC will be celebrating Black History Month around Maryland, Virginia and the District. From educational tours to Worship Services and everything in between, see these great events that are fun and educational.