http://www.bvnewswire.com/2011/01/07/laurence-fishburne-thurgood-play-hbo-black-history-month/ Thurgood,’ the one-man Broadway play starring Laurence Fishburne in his Tony-nominated performance as Thurgood Marshall, the remarkable Civil Rights lawyer and Supreme Court Justice, will debut Feb.24 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT during Black History Month, exclusively on HBO.
http://www.blackamericaweb.com/?q=articles/news/the_black_diaspora_news/24959 Omar Ibn Said was a prominent Senegalese slave born in the late 1700s who had spent over 20 years studying with Muslim scholars in Africa before being captured and brought to Charleston, South Carolina.
http://www.blackamericaweb.com/?q=articles/news/the_black_diaspora_news/24916 The Stono Rebellion of 1739 was known as the largest slave rebellion in history before the American Revolution. The South Carolina revolt was led by native Africans of the Congo, one in particular named Jemmy, a.k.a. Cato.
http://www.blackamericaweb.com/?q=articles/news/the_black_diaspora_news/24871 John Mitchell Jr. of Richmond, Virginia built a reputation in publishing as the first editor of the weekly newspaper, The Richmond Planet. Mitchell used his voice within the paper to fight against lynchings in Virginia, gaining the nickname the “Fighting Negro Editor.”
An artist known to be a “canvas master of the human condition,” artist John Thomas Biggers was born to a poor family of nine in Gastonia, North Carolina. By the time he was 13 years old, he had lost both his father and one sister to diabetes. http://www.blackamericaweb.com/?q=articles/news/the_black_diaspora_news/24839
http://www.blackamericaweb.com/?q=articles/news/the_black_diaspora_news/24810 The Colored Hockey League of Maritimes in Nova Scotia was formed in 1894 across the provinces of Canada 22 years before the National Hockey League. The first all-black ice hockey league held over a dozen teams and employed over 400 African-Canadian players.
http://www.blackamericaweb.com/?q=articles/news/the_black_diaspora_news/24769 Black World War II chemist Dr. Samuel P. Massie Jr. is noted for his work on uranium isotopes for the atomic bomb. He made history as the first black faculty member of the U.S. Naval Academy in 1966.
http://www.blackamericaweb.com/?q=articles/news/the_black_diaspora_news/24333 New York City surgeon John V. DeGrasse developed several firsts in the medical field in the late 19th century. He was also the subject of a very controversial appointment in the military during the Civil War. DeGrasse received his medical degree with honors from Bowdoin College in 1849.
http://www.blackamericaweb.com/?q=articles/news/the_black_diaspora_news/24248 Dr. Herbert Smitherman was a pioneering executive and professional chemist at Proctor & Gamble who led the way for other African-Americans at the prestigious company in the 1960s. He was the first black person with a doctorate hired at Proctor & Gamble.
http://www.blackamericaweb.com/?q=articles/news/the_black_diaspora_news/24136 Claude McKay was a pioneering Jamaican-American poet and author during the Harlem Renaissance, who released the first publications of that historic period in black history.
http://www.blackamericaweb.com/?q=articles/news/the_black_diaspora_news/24099 During the summer of 1919, racially-charged attacks against African-Americans rose heavily in 26 United States cities. This time period came to be labeled by James Weldon Johnson and the NAACP as the Red Summer.
http://www.blackamericaweb.com/?q=articles/news/the_black_diaspora_news/24025 George Gibbs Jr. is the first black man to arrive at Antarctica, also known as the South Pole.