February 20 

1895 Frederick Douglass dies

1900 J.F. Pickering patents the airship

1927 Sidney Poitier, first African-American to win Academy Award for best actor, is born

1934 Four Saints in Three Acts, by Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein, premieres as the first African-American opera on Broadway


February 21 

1936 Congresswoman Barbara Jordan is born

1965 Malcolm X is assassinated


February 22 

1989 Col. Frederick Gregory becomes the first African- American astronaut to command a space shuttle mission


February 23 

1868 W.E.B. DuBois, scholar, activist and author of The Souls of Black Folk, is born

1972 Political activist Angela Davis is released from jail


February 24 

1811 Daniel A. Payne, first African-American college president, is born


February 25 

1853 The first African- American YMCA is organized in Washington, D.C.

1870 Hiram Revels of Mississippi is elected the first African-American in the U.S. Senate


February 26 

1965 Civil rights activist Jimmie Lee Jackson dies after being shot by state police in Marion, Alabama


February 27 

1902 Opera singer Marian Anderson is born in Philadelphia

1942 Journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault, first African American to attend the University of Georgia, is born

1987 Civil rights leader Wharlest Jackson is killed 


February 28 

1842 African-American abolitionist Charles Lenox Remond testifies before the Massachusetts House Committee

1984 Entertainer Michael Jackson wins eight Grammy Awards

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