107 Jamz celebrates Black History month.  Today in history Reggae king, Bob Marley was born on this day in 1945.  If he was still with us, he would've been 72.

Bob Marley - photo by Gianni Ferrar via Getty Images
Bob Marley - photo by Gianni Ferrar via Getty Images

107 Jamz salutes African Americans who've made & continue to make history through art, music, inventions and more.  To the artists on the canvas or stage, to the poets, the authors, the inventors, innovators and trailblazers, we honor and remember them all, especially every Black History Month.


The first organized emigration back to Africa began when 86 free African Americans left New York Harbor aboard the 'Mayflower of Liberia.'  The ship would arrive on March 9 in the British colony of Sierra Leone, which welcomed free African Americans as well as fugitive slaves.
The Peabody Fund for Black education in the South established.  George Peabody was the brains behind the fund, which purpose was to promote "intellectual, moral, and industrial education in the most destitute portion of the Southern States."
On this day, African-American lawyer Jonathan Jasper Wright, served as a judge on the Supreme Court of the State of South Carolina during Reconstruction.
Born on this day was Melvin B. Tolson, author, educator, poet.  Even though he spent most of his career in Texas and Oklahoma, his work was influenced by his study of the Harlem Renaissance.
Walter E. Fauntroy was born in Washington, D.C. He went on to become a District of Columbia delegate to the House of Representatives. former pastor of the New Bethel Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., human rights and a civil rights activist.
Jamaica's son legendary reggae king, Bob Marley was born on this day.  The singer, musician and songwriter served as a world ambassador for reggae music and sold more than 20 million records throughout his career.


On this day the jail-in movement began in Rock Hill, S.C., when students refused to pay fines and chose jail sentences instead.  The students (“Friendship Nine” ) Non-violent Coordinating Committee urged a south-wide "Jail, No Bail" campaign in protest of "whites-only" counter in a S.C. restaurant.  Those protesters who were arrested and jailed were sentenced to 30 days of hard labor in a chain gang.

Better known as the "Father of Black Professional Basketball", Robert L. "Bob" Douglas was founder of the New York Renaissance basketball team.  Douglas owned and coached the Rens from 1923 to 1949.  He was the first African American inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor in 1972.


One of the greatest tennis players of all time, Arthur Ashe died on this day.  He was the first African American to win at Wimbledon.

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