In honor of Black History Month, we seek to share with you some momentous occurrences for African-Americans in decades past and years remembered.

On this day, February 22nd, in black history:

In 1950, Julius Erving, also known as “Dr. J”, was born in Roosevelt, New York. Erving was a professional basketball player who helped legitimize the American Basketball Association (ABA); he was recognized as the best player in the league up until 1976 when ABA merged with the NBA. Erving has received four Most Valuable Player awards and won three national championships.

In 1967, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., a politician and pastor of Harlem, New York, was denied his congressional seat. He was an active leader in his community and was the first person of African-American descent to be elected to congress from New York. After 16 years in the House, he became the chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor in 1961. He was removed from his seat by Democratic Representatives-elect of the 90th congress on the basis of corruption charges.

In 1979, Saint Lucia, a country in the eastern Caribbean, won it’s independence from the United Kingdom.

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