On this day in black history: The NAACP is born, so is Bill Russell, and we get a Negro national anthem
Black History Month: The Undefeated Edition Feb. 12
1900 – Negro national anthem ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ performed
To celebrate President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, James Weldon Johnson wrote the poem Lift Every Voice and Sing, which was turned into a song that was first performed by a group of 500 students in Jacksonville, Florida. It was later adopted by the NAACP as its official song.
1909 – NAACP founded
Founded in 1909 in New York City by a group of black and white citizens committed to social justice, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is one of the nation’s largest civil rights organizations.
1934 – Happy birthday, Bill Russell
William Felton “Bill” Russell is one of the greatest NBA players of all time. He was player-coach of the Boston Celtics in 1968 and 1969. The five-time MVP won more championship rings than any other player. His Celtics won 11 NBA championships and went to 12 finals during his 13 seasons. From 1959-66, they won eight straight.
1956 – Happy birthday, Arsenio Hall
Hall was the first black late-night talk show host. The Arsenio Hall Show ran from 1989-94.