107 Jamz Celebrates Black History Month – On This Day In Black History February 13th
This Black History month we salute African American who made American history.
Today in black history:
This Black History month we salute African American who made American history. Today in black history:
The Rens were the first full-salaried black professional basketball team. They were originally known as the Spartan Braves of Brooklyn, then the Spartan Five. In 1923 they changed their name for the last time to The Renaissance, after the famed Ballroom. The Rens were one of the most-watched traveling teams of the era. White fans would fill auditoriums to root against them. They would constantly insult them, throw things and sometimes spit on them. When the games were finished, the team even had to eat their post game meal on the team bus. Because they were black most restaurants refused to serve them. With a 112-7 record, in 1939 and became the first all-black professional team to win a world title in any sport when they defeated the Oshkosh All-Stars of the National Basketball League in the World Pro Tournament in Chicago.
Still owned by Douglas, the Rens played their last game against the Denver Nuggets on March 21, 1949in Rockford, Illinois. Their lifetime record was 2,588-529.Unlike the enormous salaries NBA players make today, back in the day The Rens road secretary, Eric Illidge, had to carry a tabulator and personally count fans in the stands because the team was usually paid a percentage of the gate.
On this day, founded February 13, 1957 the Southern Christian Leadership Conference organized at a meeting in New Orleans. The following day, Martin Luther King Jr. was named president of the organization and the rest is pretty much history.
In 1972, 39 Years ago Today, the last home of Frederick Douglass, located in Washington D.C., was dedicated as a National Shrine.
It was 38 years ago today in 1973 that Gertrude E. Downing and William Desjardin Patented the reciprocating corner and baseboard cleaning apparatus for rotary floor treatment machines. Patent No. 3,715,772
In 1974, 37 Years ago Today, James “Cool Papa” Bell, (Negro League Baseball Player) is named to baseball’s Hall of Fame. Bell played for the St. Louis Stars, Detroit Wolves, Kansas City Monarchs, Homestead Grays and Detroit Senators. He was so fast, he once stole two bases on one pitch and scored second on a sacrifice fly.
Finally 29-years ago in 1988 Keith Sweat’s single, I Want Her, went #1.