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 Georgiathe 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

2.7.21

Peggy Trotter Dammond Preacely

Dr. Dorothy Cotton

In my continued recognition of Black History Month 2021, I hope you find my curated spotlight  of "On This Day" milestones compelling and informative, as well as reminders for those items you may be already aware of.... 

BLACK HISTORY THIS WEEK... | 2/7 - 2/13

by Peggy Trotter Dammond Preacely

(click on images for further details, with a new entry each day)

February 7, 1926: Dr. Carter G. Woodson established "Negro History Week", which eventually became Black History Month.  He is why we celebrate to this day...

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February 9, 1953: On this day, Ralph Ellison became the first African American to win the prestigious National Book Award for "Invisible Man"...

February 11, 1990: Nelson Mandela was finally freed from prison after the future South African President had been held for nearly 3 decades...

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February 8, 1968: Three students were killed in South Carolina's Orangeburg Massacre, when 9 State Troopers opened fire during a student protest against segregation, but only SNCC's Cleveland Sellers was convicted for "incitement"—not the 9 troopers for murder...

February 10, 1964: The House passed the Civil Rights Bill, then it went to the Senate passed there, until a final bill went to President Johnson which he signed on June 2, 1964 in front of Dr. King...

February 12, 1909: The NAACP is founded on Lincoln's Birthday.  Founders include Ida B. Wells and W.E.B. DuBois, who along with my uncle, civil rights legend, William Monroe Trotter, were co-founders of the Niagara Movement, the NAACP's precursor.

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February 13, 1957: The SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference) was organized in New Orleans, and named Dr. Martin Luther King as its first president... I am proud to have received an award from the SCLC of Southern California named after Rosa Parks.

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