Black History Month 2020

Coach Gaither and team on field
Black History Hero | Coach Jake Gaither
02/18/2020
Alonzo S. Gaither, who built a powerful athletic machine at Florida A&M University, the state’s only public historically black university, is known as the winningest coach of his era. His pioneering coaching tactics propelled FAMU’s athletic program beyond the parameters of the HBCU universe into the broader American culture, with the team’s stellar performance being covered on sports pages of daily mainstream and black niche newspapers across the country. Coach Gaither is historically regarded as a great motivator who used the football field as his “laboratory” to develop players’ character and refine their talents in order to help them reach their fullest life potential.
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President Barack Obama
Black History Hero | Barack Obama
02/17/2020
On November 4, 2008, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois was elected president of the United States over Senator John McCain of Arizona. Obama became the 44th president, and the first African American to be elected to that office. He was subsequently elected to a second term over former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.
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Justice Joseph Hatchett with daughters
Black History Hero | State Supreme Court Justice Joseph W. Hatchett
02/16/2020
Joseph W. Hatchett, an award-winning Florida attorney, made history as the state’s first Black Supreme Court justice. Hatchett was also the first Black justice appointed to the federal court of appeals in the south as well. To this day, Hatchett still works to promote diversity in the legal profession.
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Swim team at Robinson Trueblood swimming pool in Tallahassee
Black History Heroes | The Swim Team at Robinson Trueblood Swimming Pool
02/15/2020
The first swim team included (standing, L-R) Roy Beard, Eddie Graham, Edward Holifield, Bishop Holifield, Charles Rambo, Manuel Rivas, Ulysees Pittman; and James Barnes. Kneeling are Ricky Eubanks, Eugene Cromer, Ellis Carr, Hansel Tookes, M. Raines, and Raymond Williams. Robinson Trueblood Swimming Pool on Dade Street was built by the city in response to wade-ins by blacks at all white pools. It was the only pool where blacks could swim and train as lifeguards.
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Cicely Tyson
Black History Hero | Cicely Tyson
02/14/2020
Critically acclaimed actor Cicely Tyson was born in Harlem New York City, New York on December 19, 1933. She is the daughter of William and Theodosia Tyson. Her father was a carpenter and her mother was a domestic. Her parents were immigrants from Saint Kitts and Nevis in the West Indies.
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Tallahassee students sit-in at Woolworth counter
Black History Heroes | Tallahassee Student Sit-in
02/13/2020
Prior to the Tallahassee student sit-ins of 1960, the Tallahassee Bus Boycott took place in 1956, patterned after the Montgomery Bus Boycott that started with the refusal of Rosa Parks to surrender her bus seat to a white person. Tallahassee was sometimes called the “little Mississippi” where segregation was prominent.
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Patricia Stephens
Black History Hero | Patricia Stephens Due
02/11/2020
On Jan. 23, 1963, Patricia Stephens Due was arrested in the segregated lobby of the Florida Theater in Tallahassee for entering the whites-only section. Although the city dropped the case, Stephens Due filed a suit against the city for their support of racial apartheid.
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Virgil Darnell Hawkins
Black History Heroes | Virgil Darnell Hawkins
02/10/2020
Virgil Darnell Hawkins graduated from Edward Waters College in Jacksonville in 1930. He served as a teacher and principal in Lake County before eventually becoming the public relations director for Bethune-Cookman College
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John Milledge
Black History Heroes | John Milledge
02/09/2020
John Milledge was one of the first black officers to serve in Dade County. Hired in 1944 by the City of Miami to patrol the “ Central Negro District,” he later became the first black officer in the history of Dade County to be killed in the line of duty.
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Zora Neale Hurston
Black History Heroes | Zora Neale Hurston
02/08/2020
Zora Neale Hurston, novelist and folklorist, is born in Notasulga, Alabama. Although at the time of her death in 1960, Hurston had published more books than any other black woman in America, she was unable to capture a mainstream audience in her lifetime, and she died poor and alone in a welfare hotel.
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The 54th Regiment Massachusetts Infantry
Black History Heroes | The 54th Regiment Massachusetts Infantry
02/07/2020
The 54th Regiment Massachusetts Infantry was a volunteer Union regiment organized in the American Civil War. Its members became known for their bravery and fierce fighting against Confederate forces. It was the second all-black Union regiment to fight in the war, after the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry Regiment.
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Eartha White and her mother Clara White
Black History Heroes | Eartha M.M. & Clara White
02/06/2020
Eartha M. M. White was a humanitarian, businesswoman and philanthropist from Jacksonville. She created educational opportunities and provided relief to African-Americans in northeastern Florida. White helped found several organizations and institutions, including the Clara White Mission, Mercy Hospital and the Boy's Improvement Club. She was designated as a Great Floridian by the Florida Department of State in the year 2000.
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Kobe Bryant
Black History Heroes | Kobe Bryant
02/05/2020
Professional basketball superstar Kobe Bryant played for the Los Angeles (California) Lakers since 1996 when he came to the team as an eighteen-year-old, the youngest player in National Basketball Association (NBA) history, until his retirement in 2016. Bryant was a long-time philanthropist, using his well-known name to raise funds for a number of causes.
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Mr. Walter MacNeal Jackson, Citrus Grower
Black History Heroes | Mr. Walter MacNeal Jackson
02/04/2020
Mr. Walter MacNeal Jackson was a dedicated, compassionate and generous man who was loved and respected by all who knew him. He was a successful citrus grove owner, entrepreneur, and served Indian River County and his community in various capacities.
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James Weldon Johnson Author of The African American National Anthem
Black History Heroes | James Weldon Johnson
02/03/2020
Lift Every Voice and Sing – often called “The Black National Anthem” – was written as a poem by NAACP leader James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) and then set to music by his brother John Rosamond Johnson (1873-1954) in 1899. It was first performed in public in the Johnsons’ hometown of Jacksonville, Florida as part of a celebration of Lincoln’s Birthday on February 12, 1900 by a choir of 500 schoolchildren at the segregated Stanton School, where James Weldon Johnson was principal.
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Maya Angelou Quote Graphic
Black History Heros | Maya Angelou
02/02/2020
Maya Angelou was a poet, writer, performer, and teacher. In 2000, Angelou was honored with the Presidential Medal of the Arts; she received the Ford’s Theatre Lincoln Medal in 2008. Click to read more about this extraordinary woman and her many contributions to our nation.
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Dr. Carter G Woodson
Black History Hero | Dr. Carter G. Woodson
02/01/2020
Born in 1875 in New Canton, Virginia, Carter G. Woodson was the second African American to receive a doctorate from Harvard, after W.E.B. Du Bois. Known as the "Father of Black History," Woodson dedicated his career to the field of African-American history and lobbied extensively to establish Black History Month as a nationwide institution.
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