QMG Celebrates Black History Month

February 2, 2020
Black History Month
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Black History Facts

 

February 1st, 1960 -The Greensboro Four and The Sit-in Movement - On this date in 1960, four African American students from North Carolina A&T State University (David Richmond, Franklin McCain, Ezell Blair, Jr. and Joseph McNeil) staged a sit-n at a segregated Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina sparking a national sit-in movement.

February 2nd, 1962 - Seven Whites and four blacks were arrested after an all-night sit-in at Englewood, N.J. city hall.  Four Black mothers arrested after a sit-in at a Chicago elementary school.

                          1862 - The District of Columbia abolishes slavery.

In 1990, Sharon Pratt Kelly became the first Black woman mayor of Washington D.C.

In 1993, Shaquille O'Neal was named Rookie of the Year.  In 2000 and 2001, he helped the Los Angeles Lakers win the NBA title.

On November 4th, 2008, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois defeats Senator John McCain of Arizona to become the 44th U.S. president and the first African American elected to the White House.  He went on to win another term in 2012.

February 4th, 1913 - Rosa Parks was born in Tuskegee, Alabama.  Ms. Parks was an African-American Civil Rights activist and was called the mother of the freedom movement.  On December 1st, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks refused to obey bus drive James F. Blake's order to give her seat in the colored section to a white passenger after the white section was filled.