29 Days – Black History Events in February

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29 Days – Black History Events in February

On February 27:

Feb. 27, 1869 – John W. Menard spoke in Congress in defense of his claim to a contested seat in Louisiana’s Second Congressional District. Congress decided against both claimants. Congressman James A. Garfield of the examining committee said: “it was too early to admit a Negro to the U.S. Congress.” Menard was the first black to make a speech in Congress.

Feb. 27, 1988 – Figure skater Debi Thomas becomes the first African American to win a medal (bronze) at the Winter Olympic Games.


Source: Black History Month Facts and Accomplishments–February


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