This image is of Peggy (R), then a 19 year-old SNCC member, next to future civil rights icon, Dr. Dorothy Cotton (L), after a 1962 church burning in Georgia—the state that Peggy's great-great grandparents, William & Ellen Craft, famously escaped from slavery nearly 115 years earlier...
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SPECIAL BLACK HISTORY MONTH EDITION
Peggy Trotter Dammond Preacely
Dr. Dorothy Cotton
I just needed a moment because so much has taken place since my last 1/18/21 King Holiday posting—the inauguration of the first BIPOC/first female U.S. Vice President in history and only the second Catholic U.S. President in 232 years since the first Presidential election in 1789...the flurry of executive orders President Biden is having to institute to just start righting the last administration's wrongs...Learning along with the Biden Administration the extent of Trump's "non-governing"...the devastating news of injury and suicides among Capitol Police/fellow first respondents stemming from 1/6...While being relieved by the slow return to normalcy, like daily White House Press Secretary briefings... And part of the return to normal for me is commemorating Black History Month each week with milestones versus posting poems. It is important for me as a direct descendant of historymakers that amidst the negativity prompted by the upcoming historic 2nd impeachment trial, that we also find a way to celebrate Black achievement at a time when certain segments of our population with centuries-old mindsets still seek to marginalize us and subject us to double standards... But as always Black History Month becomes an antidote to that poison, as this week's first entries below show each day, as I add an "On This Day"...
BLACK HISTORY THIS WEEK... | 2/1 - 2/6
by Peggy Trotter Dammond Preacely
(click on images for further details, with a new entry each day)
February 1, 1960: The first segregated lunch counter sit-in in Greensboro, NC
February 3, 1981: NYC designated The Schomburg
a city landmark, it became a national one in 2017...
February 5, 1994: OTD the Klansman who killed Medgar Evers in 1963 was finally convicted.
February 2, 1897: Patent issued for the first ice cream scoop by inventor, Alfred Cralle
February 4, 1913: Rosa Parks was born OTD in segregated Tuskegee, Alabama.
February 6, 1993: OTD Arthur Ashe, tennis legend & the first Black man to win Wimbledon, passed away.
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