Black History Month – Feb. 24: Phillis Wheatley
Feb24

Black History Month – Feb. 24: Phillis Wheatley

American poet, considered the first important black writer in the United States. Brought from Africa in 1761, she became a house slave for the Boston merchant John Wheatley and his wife Susanna, who, recognizing her intelligence and wit, educated her and encouraged her talent. Her work, which was derivative, was published in the collection Poems on Various Subjects (1773) and in various magazines. A second volume existed in...

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Black History Month – Feb. 23: Silver Bluff Baptist Church
Feb23

Black History Month – Feb. 23: Silver Bluff Baptist Church

My brothers and I grew up in church, so this was an interesting fact to me: The ‘Silver Bluff Baptist Church was originally founded in 1750′ in Beach Island South Carolina, by several enslaved African Americans who organized under elder David George.[1] The historian Albert Raboteau has identified it as the first separate black congregation in the nation, although others contend for that distinction, including the First...

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Black History Month – Feb. 22: Loretta Elizabeth Lynch
Feb22

Black History Month – Feb. 22: Loretta Elizabeth Lynch

In 1999, President Bill Clinton nominated Lynch to serve as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. In a trial that received national attention, she helped win convictions of two white New York City police officers who severely beat and sexually assaulted Haitian immigrant Abner Louima. In 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Lynch to serve again as United States Attorney for the New York Eastern District. ...

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Black History Month – Feb. 21: Wentworth Cheswell
Feb21

Black History Month – Feb. 21: Wentworth Cheswell

Wentworth Cheswell is said to be the first African-American to be elected to office in America.  He was one quarter Black and three quarters White.  He was elected as town constable of Newmarket, New Hampshire, in 1768 and served in some government position thereafter until his death – well, to be precise, every year but one. Wentworth’s grandfather is thought to be the first African-American to own land in New Hampshire after gaining...

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Black History Month – Feb. 20: Patricia Roberts Harris
Feb20

Black History Month – Feb. 20: Patricia Roberts Harris

A lawyer who was active in the Democratic party, she was a law professor and dean at Howard Univ. during the 1960s and became the first African-American woman to hold a U.S. ambassadorship when she was named (1965) by President Lyndon Johnson to the embassy in Luxembourg. As secretary of housing and urban development (1977) under President Jimmy Carter, she was the first African-American woman to serve in a cabinet post. From 1979 to...

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