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 10th, in black history:
In 1992, Alex Haley, a man most notable for writing Roots: The Saga of an American Family, passed away. Haley, who was originally from Ithaca, New York, enrolled at Alcorn University at the age of 15 and then later enlisted in the United States Coastal Guard. He conducted one of the first interviews for Playboy magazine and is also noted for co-authoring The Autobiography of Malcolm X.
In 1966, Andrew Felton Brimmer became the first African-American appointed to the Federal Reserve Board. He was raised by sharecroppers in Louisiana and later served in the United States Army in 1957. After receiving his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Washington in Seattle, he received his PhD from Harvard University in 1957. During his time at Harvard, he worked at the Federal Reserve Bank in New York as an economist, which later opened up opportunities to work for the national Federal Reserve Board.
In 1937, famed jazz and R&B singer Roberta Flack was born. She is known for her songs, “Killing Me Softly With His Song” and “Where is the Love”. In 1973 and 1974, she won the Grammy Record of the Year award. Many of her duets were song with Donny Hathaway. Flack was first inspired by the works of African-American singers Mahalia Jackson and Sam Cooke.