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Today In Black History: Happy Birthday Michael Jordan

Basketball legend Michael Jeffery Jordan was born today in 1963. Jordan played for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards for 15 seasons. He grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina where he played baseball, football, and basketball. Ironically, when he first applied to the varsity team as a sophomore, he didn’t make it because of his height, a mere 5 ft. 10 in. Over that next summer though, he trained hard and grew by four inches … making the team during the next trials.

Jordan was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009 and is tremendously successful with product endorsements, television, movies and part-owner and head of basketball operations for the Charlotte Hornets; gaining 90% interest of the team in 2010. (Source: Blackfacts.com and Forbes.com)

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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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