On This Day February 6th In Black History


On this day February 6th in Black History:

1820 - First organized emigration of U.S. Blacks back to Africa, from New York to Sierra Leone, 1820

1820 - United States population: 9,638,453. Black population: 1,771,656 (18.4 per cent). "Mayflower of Liberia" sailed from New York City with eighty-six Blacks. Ship arrived in Sierra Leone, March 9.

1820 - The first organized emigration back to Africa begins when 86 free African Americans leave New York Harbor aboard the Mayflower of Liberia. They are bound for the British colony of Sierra Leone, which welcomes free African Americans as well as fugitive slaves.

1867 - The Peabody Fund for Black education in the South established.

1945 - Bob Marley, Jamacian reggae star is born.

1961 - Jail-in movement started in Rock Hill, S.C., when students refused to pay fines and requested jail sentences. Students Nonviolent Coordinating Committee urged south-wide "Jail, No Bail" campaign.

1993 - Tennis player Arthur Ashe dies. Ashe was the first African American to win at Wimbledon.


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