Dr. Debi Thomas
On February 8, 1986, 18 Year‐Old Debi Thomas Won The Woman's Senior Singles U.S. Figure Skating Championship - Becoming The First Black American To Win The Title.
In March Of That Same Year, She Defeated East Germany's Katrina Witt And Went On To Win The Women's World Figure Skating Championship, Another Black American First.
Thomas Regained The U.S. National Title In Early 1988. Later She Won ABronze Medal At The Olympic Games In Calgary, Canada, Becoming The First Black American To Win A Medal In The Winter Olympic Games.
After Her Figure Skating Career, Thomas Went Back To School To Become An Orthopedic Surgeon. She Graduated From Stanford University In 1991 With A Degree In Engineering And From The Northwestern University Feinberg School Of Medicine in 1997. Thomas followed this With A Surgical Residency At The University Of Arkansas Medical Sciences Hospital And An Orthopedic Surgery Residency At The Martin Luther King Jr./Charles Drew University Medical Center In South Central Los Angeles.
Dr. Thomas Was Inducted Into The U.S. Figure Skating Hall Of Fame In 2000. She Is Also A Member Of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
"In Order For Black History To Live, We Must Continue To Breathe Life Into It." — Hubert Gaddy, Jr.
James Weldon Johnson
On February 2, 1988, A Commemorative Stamp Of James Weldon Johnson Was Issued By The United States Postal Service As Part Of Its Black Heritage USA Series.
It Was Also In November, 1900, That James Weldon Johnson And His Brother, John Rosemond Johnson, Composed The Song, "Lift Ev'ry Voice And Sing," Generally Known As The Black National Anthem.
James Weldon Johnson Was Born June 17, 1871, In Jacksonville, Florida. Johnson Served As General Secretary Of The NAACP From 1920 - 1930, Resigning To Teach Creative Literature At Fisk University. Johnson Was The First Black Executive Secretary Of The NAACP.
Johnson Was A True Renaissance Man. During His Distinguished Career He Was A Lawyer (He Was The First Black Person Admitted To The Florida Bar), Diplomat (U.S. Consul To Venezuela And Nicaragua), Educator, Civil Rights Activist Poet, Editor, Literary Critic And Author.
As A Black American Literary Critic And Author, Johnson Had A Profound Influence On Black Literature In The 1900's. He Was A Major Presence During the Harlem Renaissance.
His Books Includes The Autobiography Of An Ex-Colored Man (1912), The Book Of American Negro Spirituals (1925) And Black Manhattan (1935).
Johnson Died, June 26, 1938.
"In Order For Black History To Live, We Must Continue To Breathe Life Into It." -- Hubert Gaddy, Jr
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On Monday, February 1, 1960, At 4:30PM, Four Freshmen From North Carolina Agricultural And Technical College (North Carolina A&T) -- Ezell Blair, Jr., David Richmond, Joseph McNeil And Franklin McCain, Sat Down At The Lunch Counter Of The Local F. W. Woolworth Store, And Ordered Coffee And Cherry Pie. This Bold Act Defied The Jim Crow Laws That Permitted Blacks To Shop In The Store But Not Eat A Meal There.
After Being Refused Service, The Young Men Began Reading Their Textbooks, Sending The Message That They Were Not Leaving Until They Were Served Or The Store Closed.
The "Greensboro 4," As They Were Called, Returned The Next Morning With More A&T Students. On Wednesday 70 Students Joined The Protest, Including Women From Nearby Bennett College And Some White Students From Other Local Schools. By This Time The Greensboro Sit-In Had Become A National News Story.
On Thursday,150 A&T Students Moved Down The Street And Staged A Similar Sit-In In The S. H. Kress & Co. Store. Other Demonstrations Began Taking Place Throughout The South.
The Greensboro Sit-In Is Credited With Re-Igniting The Civil Rights Movement In America -- Transforming The Older Generation's "Don't-Rock The-Boat" Tactics To A More Militant, Protest-Based
"In Order For Black History To Live, We Must Continue To Breathe Life Into It." - Hubert Gaddy, Jr.
Dr. Carter G. Woodson
On February 1, 1926, "The Father of Black History" - Scholar, Author, Historian And Educator, Dr. Carter G.
Woodson, Initiated What We Know Today As, Black History Month.
Dr. Woodson Worked Diligently, To Make Sure That The Accomplishments Of Black People To America And The World, Were Recoginzed And Not Forgotten. He Chose February, As The Month Of Recognition Of Black Achievement, To Coincide With The Birthdays Of Frederick Douglass And Abraham Lincoln, Two Figures Who Impacted The Lives Of Black Americans.
Prior To The Creation Of What Was Originally Black History Week, Dr. Woodson Had Already Established The Association For The Study Of Negro Life And History (Today Called The Association For The Study Of African American Life And History) In 1915. The ASALH Created Research And Publication Outlets For Black Scholars - Including The "Journal Of Negro History" And The "Negro Bulletin."
Although Dr. Woodson Authored Many Scholarly Writings Prior To His Death, His Most Popular And Most Cited Exposition Remains "The Miseducation Of The Negro," Published In 1933. He Was Awarded The NAACP's Spingarn Medal, On June 29, 1926.
Born December 19, 1875, In New Canton, VA, The Son Of Former Slaves, Woodson Died April 3, 1950.
"In Order For Black History To Live, We Must Continue To Breathe Life Into It." -- Hubert Gaddy, Jr.