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 17th, in black history:
In 1942, Huey Newton, founder of the Black Panther Party, was born in Monroe, Louisiana. He was the youngest of seven children born to a sharecropper and a Baptist preacher.
In 1963, Michael Jordan, a former professional basketball player who is noted by the NBA as the “greatest basketball player of all time”, was born in Brooklyn, New York. Jordan was a star player at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and later joined the NBA in 1984 playing for the Chicago Bulls.
In 1982, famed American jazz pianist Thelonious Monk passed away. Monk was known for his unique improvisational style in performance and for his numerous contributions to the jazz repertoire in his day. He is the second most recorded jazz artist after Duke Ellington.