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 9th, in black history:
In 1944, Alice Walker, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Color Purple, was born. Walker, who is originally from Georgia, was an individual who was deeply moved and active in the civil rights movement of the 60s. She is a highly acclaimed author who is known for her writing on themes of race and gender.
In 1995, Bernard Harris, Jr. became the first Black astronaut to take a spacewalk during his second Space Shuttle flight. He graduated from the University of Houston in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He later received his MD from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine in 1982. He began his work in space exploration when he joined NASA’s John Space Center as a clinical scientist and flight surgeon.
In 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. met with former President Lyndon B. Johnson to discuss voting rights for African-Americans in the United States. Johnson would later sign the Civil Rights Act in 1968.