This Black History Month we remember those African American's who've paved the way for us to realize greatness. Special thanks to the marvelous black inventors like Michael C. Harvey who took us out of the dark by inventing the lamp in 1884, Sarah Boone for inventing the ironing board in 1892, Garrett Morgan who in 1923 invented the gas mask and Joseph Winters for the escape ladder, invented in 1878.
"If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated. The American Indian left no continuous record. He did not appreciate the value of tradition; and where is he today? The Hebrew keenly appreciated the value of tradition, as is attested by the Bible itself. In spite of worldwide persecution, therefore, he is a great factor in our civilization."
Congressman Thaddeus Stevens offered an amendment to Freedmen's Bureau bill authorizing the distribution of public land and confiscated land to freedmen and loyal refugees in forty acre lots.
Thaddeus Stevens served in Congress from his home in Lancaster, PA. As a young man he became a fierce abolitionist. He even went beyond most abolitionists in his belief in racial equality, so much so he offered the amendment. It was defeated in the House by a vote of 126 to 37. Frederick Douglas led a black delegation and called on President Johnson and urged ballots for former slaves.
Long was not a candidate for renomination in 1870, but did serve as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1880. Once his run in Washington was over, he went back to his business in Macon, Georgia.
1934 - Henry(Hank)Louis Aaron was born on this day
In 1999, The Sporting News ranked Aaron fifth on their "100 Greatest Baseball Players" list. His stats include the fact that he held the MLB record for career home runs for 33 years. He still holds several MLB offensive records. He is hit more than 24 home runs every year from 1955 through 1973, and is the only player to hit 30 or more home runs in a season at least fifteen times.
1958 - Clifton R became the first black to head a U.S. embassy in Europe
Clifton R. Wharton Sr. confirmed as minister to Rumania. Career diplomat was the first Black to head a U.S. embassy in Europe. Wharton rose through the ranks of the Foreign Service rather than by political appointment such as Frederick Douglass. That's not all, he also became the first black Foreign Service Officer to become chief of a diplomatic mission, and simultaneously the first black chief of a diplomatic mission to a European nation.
1962 - Lawsuit filed to bar Englewood, N.J., from segregting elementry schools.
Suit seeking to bar Englewood, N.J., from maintaining "racial segregated" elementary schools filed in U.S. District Court.
1990 - Barack Obama became the the first African American named president of the Harvard Law Review
President Barack Obama has been making history all his life. Before becoming the first African American President of the United States of American, he was a lawyer. Columbia University graduate and Harvard University law student, Barack Obama became the first African American named president of the Harvard Law Review.