Each year when February comes around, in the United States Black History Month or also known as African-American History Month is celebrated. To celebrate this month, Hofstra’s Multicultural & International Student Programs Office is hosting a month-wide calendar of events.
Before you head out to one of their events, learn a couple of facts about this celebrated month.
Here are some facts:
1) Negro History week originated by President Carter and was first observed in 1926.
2) The first Black professional basketball team “The Renaissance” organized in 1923.
3) Figure skater Debi Thomas became the first African American to win the Woman’s singles of the U.S National Figure Skating competition
4) The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by a vote of 290-130. The bill prohibited any state or local government or public facility from denying access to anyone because of race or ethnic origin. It further gave the U.S. Attorney General the power to bring school desegregation law suits.
5) Mohammad Ali, the self-proclaimed “greatest (boxer) of all time” was originally named after his father, who was named after the 19th-century abolitionist and political Cassius Marcellus Clay.