107 Jamz Celebrates Black History Month – Today In Black History February 11th
In 1989 on this day, Reverend Barbara Clementine Harris, became the first woman ever to become a bishop in the Anglican Communion. Bishop Harris entered the priesthood after a long and successful career in public and community relations in Philadelphia between 1949 and 1977.
On this day in 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from prison.
In 1976 Clifford Alexander Jr, is confirmed as the first African American Secretary of the Army. He will hold the position until the end of President Jimmy Carter’s term.
On February 11th 1961, Robert Weaver was sworn in as administrator of the Housing and Home Finance Agency, highest federal post to date by a Black American.
In 1783 Jarena Lee was born. She was a former slave, born in Cape May, New Jersey. Jarena Lee is the considered the first female preacher in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1836, she published her autobiography, The Life and Religious Experiences, of Jarena Lee, a Coloured Lady, Giving an Account of Her Call to Preach the Gospel. The year of her death is uncertain.