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Today In Black History: HBCU Morehouse College Was Established

Founded today in 1867, Morehouse got its start in the basement of Springfield Baptist Church in Augusta, Ga., by Rev. William Jefferson White.

Starting as Augusta Institute the institution was created to educate black men for careers in ministry and teaching. The school moved to Atlanta’s Friendship Baptist Church in 1879 and changed its name to Atlanta Baptist Seminary. The seminary also moved at one point to a former Civil War battleground site in Atlanta By 1897, the institution had become Atlanta Baptist College.

In 1913, during the tenure of the College’s first African American president, John Hope, the College was renamed Morehouse College, in honor of Henry L. Morehouse, corresponding secretary of the National Baptist Home Missionary Society. (Source: Morehouse College & thehundred-seven.org )

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Today In Black History: The First Black Professional Basketball Team Was Organized

The ‘Harlem Rens’ became the first all-black professional basketball  on February 13, 1923, at a time when African Americans and Whites could not play basketball together.

The team, also known as the ‘New York Rens’ and the ‘Renaissance Big Five,’ was established when their manager and owner Robert Douglas struck an agreement with a Harlem real estate developer to play on the ballroom floor of the New Renaissance Ballroom and Casino.

The Rens dominated throughout the 1920’s and 30’s including the 1932-33 season, when they won 88 consecutive games! In 1949, the Rens and the National Basketball League merged with the Basketball Association of America to form the National Basketball Association. (Source: Black Enterprise)

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Today in Black History: The NAACP Is Founded

On February 12, 1909… the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth… a group that included African American leaders such as W.E.B. Du Bois and Ida B. Wells-Barnett announced a new organization called the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The NAACP came as response to a race riot in Illinois and a disturbing trend of lynchings during that time.

The NAACP  remains the largest and oldest active civil rights group in the nation with an emphasis these days on voter registration, legal defense and activism. (Source: History.com)

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Today In Black History: Two African-American Women Break Barriers in Pro Sports

Aja Smith has made sports entertainment history becoming the WWE’s first full-time African-American female referee.  She is a familiar face in the ring, as a past wrestler with two championships.

The WWE caught Smith’s reaction to the news on camera with the new ref saying “This is the greatest moment of my life.  Having this platform as a female, as a female of color, is really an honor and I’m so thankful for this moment.” (Source: CNN)

Meanwhile, Jennifer King, who served as a Carolina Panthers intern during the 2017 preseason, has joined the Washington Redskins’ staff as a full-time assistant coach.

Redskins head coach Ron Rivera said in the team’s release, “Her familiarity with my expectations as a coach and my firsthand knowledge of her work ethic and preparation were big factors in bringing her to the Redskins.” (Source: Bleacher Report)

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