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This Week in History

Posted on Friday, February 9, 2024 at 9:00 am

This Week in History Feb. 8-14 Celebrating Black History Month

Feb. 8, 1944 first Black man was accredited to attend a White House press conference – Harry S. McAlphin.

Feb. 8, 1986 Oprah Winfrey became the first Black woman to host a nationally syndicated talk show.

Feb. 9, 1995 Dr. Bernard A. Harris Jr. became the first Black astronaut to walk in space.

Feb. 10, 1964 The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 after 12 days of debate and voting on 125 amendments.

Feb. 11, 1976 Clifford Alexander Jr. was confirmed as the first black Secretary of the United States Army.

Feb. 12, 1865 Henry Highland Garnet, the first Black person to speak in the Capitol, delivered a memorial sermon on the abolition of slavery in the House of Representatives.

Feb. 12, 1909 The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded.

Feb. 13, 1957 Southern Christian Leadership Conference organized with Martin Luther King, Jr. as the president.