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 28th, in black history:
In 1977, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson dies in Los Angeles, California. Born in Oakland, California, Anderson was a comic actor known for playing “Rochester van Jones” on the long running radio and televison series, The Jack Benny Program. At an early age, he permanently damaged his vocal chords from yelling loudly as a paperboy, which gave him his trademark raspy voice. He began his show business career at the age of 14 with his brother Cornelious and another performer; they were known as the “Three Black Aces”.
In 1895, Bluefield State College, originally known as the Bluefield Colored Institute, was founded in West Virginia. It is a historically black college that was first created as a high school for African-American youth in the area. It later became a training school for teachers in the then segregated school system of education.
In 1984, Michael Jackson, popularly known as the “King of Pop”, wins eight Grammy awards and makes his mark as one of the best artists of all time. An entertainer, singer, dancer, songwriter, and philanthropist, Michael Jackson grew up in Gary, Indiana where he got his start in music singing with his brothers in the band, The Jackson 5. He would later move to California and continue his career track to becoming one of the world’s most popularly recognized musicians. Jackson is deemed the most successful entertainer of all time by Guinness World Records.