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107 Jamz Celebrates Black History Month – Today In Black History February 8th

This Black History month we salute African Americans who made American history.

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On this day in black history:

February 8, 1990

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Andy Rooney, a CBS “60 Minutes” commentator, received a 90-day suspension from work because of racist remarks about African Americans attributed to him by Chris Bull, a New York-based reporter for “The Advocate,” a bi-weekly national gay & lesbian news magazine published in Los Angeles. Bull quoted Rooney as having said during an interview: “I’ve believed all along that most people are born with equal intelligence, but Blacks have watered down their genes because the less intelligent ones are the ones that have the children. They drop out of school early, do drugs, and get pregnant.”

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February 8, 1986

One of my favorite Figure skaters, Debi Thomas became the first African American to win the Women’s Singles of the U.S. National Figure Skating Championship competition.  Ironically,  she was a pre-med student at Stanford University at the time.  Check out the performance that won her the championship!

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They don’t call her the “Queen” of talk radio for nothing.  Also in 1986, Oprah Winfrey became the first African American woman to host a nationally syndicated talk show.  The Oprah Winfrey show will go down in history as the most watched talk show in history.  For that matter, Oprah was and still is one of the highest paid people in Hollywood.  She’s still going strong too  Now she does her show on her OWN network.  Take a look at the commercial advertizing the premiere of her first show.

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February 8, 1978


Leon Spinks defeated “The Greatest” Muhammad Ali for heavyweight boxing championship.  Ali would later regain the title on September 15 and became the first person to win the title three times.  Here’s the legendary fight as it happened back in 78′.

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February 8, 1968

Officers killed several students during a demonstration on the campus of South Carolina State in Orangeburg, South Carolina.  The students were protesting segregation at an Orangeburg bowling alley.  Here’s more details on what happened from a former student who survived the massacre.

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Also on this day in February 8, 1944 Harry S. McAlphin became the first African American  accredited to attend a White House press conference.  February 8, 1925, Marcus Garvey entered federal prison in Atlanta. Students staged strike at Fisk University to protest policies of white administration.  And on February 8, 1894, Congress repealed the Enforcement Act which makes it easier for some states to disenfranchise African American voters.





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