Today as part of African American History Month we honor the pioneering and courageous spirit of Claudette Colvin. Nine months before Rosa Parks’ famous bus boycott, Colvin at 15 refused to give up her seat to a white passenger. She was inspired to stand up for her rights after learning about African American leaders in school. An outstanding teenager
1905 | THE NIAGRA MOVEMENT was a CIVIL RIGHTS ORGANIZATION led by W. E. B. Du Bois and William Monroe Trotter. It was named for the "mighty current" of change the group wanted to effect and Niagara Falls, the Canadian side of which was where the first meeting took place in July, 1905. The Niagara Movement was a call for opposition to racial segregation and disenfranchisement, and it was opposed to policies of accommodation and conciliation promoted by African American leaders.
Jesse Eugene Russell: father of the cell phone Jesse Eugene Russell is an African-American inventor who brought the world cell phones. Trained as an electrical engineer at Tennessee State University, at 63, Russell is recognized globally as a thought-leader, technology expert and innovator of wireless communications. He has more than 30 years experience in advanced wireless communications and is the recognized father of digital cellular technology.
On September 1904, University of Wisconsin graduate George Poage (1880-1962) became the first African American to win Olympic medals with a bronze in the 200 and 400-meter hurdles at the third modern Olympic Games in St; Louis. Many prominent African-American leaders had called for a boycott of the games to protest racial segregation of the events in St. Louis.