The Big Stick

Black History Moments

01/31/2017 at 5:03 | Posted by cmctindal

FOXY 99 is Celebrating Black History Moments ALL Month Long!

Did you know?

  • Jesse Jackson successfully negotiated the release of Lieutenant Robert O. Goodman Jr., an African-American pilot who had been shot down over Syria and taken hostage in 1983.
  • Alicia Keys was accepted into Columbia University on a full scholarship, but decided to pursue a full-time music career instead.
  • Rapper Kanye West’s father, Ray West – a former Black Panther – was one of the first black photojournalists at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, receiving accolades for his work.
  • Musician Stevie Wonder recorded the cries of his newborn daughter, Aisha Morris, for his popular song, “Isn’t She Lovely?”
  • The Selma to Montgomery marches marked the peak of the voting rights movement in Selma, Alabama. Of the three marches, only the last made it all the way to the capital of Montgomery, Alabama, which paved the way for 1965’s Voting Right Act. The path is now a U.S. National Historic Trail.
  • The U.S. is not the only country to celebrate Black History Month. Canada also observes it in February, while the U.K. recognizes it in October.
  • Born in 1848 to runaway slaves, Lewis Latimer became an inventor and engineer. In addition to his invention of one of the earliest air conditioning units, he assisted in the development of some of the world’s most important inventions, including the light bulb and the telephone.

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