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February is Black History Month


by Phyllis Barr, President

Corporate Culture Marketing by
Barr Consulting Services
& The Corporate Acculturation Management Practice

New York, NY


Note: from both off-line and old fashioned hard copy sources such as books, 2012.


Phone: 212-765-6968



Corporate Culture Marketing assists
companies with leveraging the history
and heritage of a company, brand or
not-for-profit as a marketing or fundraising tool.


It specializes in leveraging anniversary
celebrations as a marketing or fundraising tool.


Services: Consulting; Research; Editing;
Writing: Curating; Creating Knowledge
Banks;  Conducting Oral History interviews; Assisting
companies with corporate culture clash after
a merger; Cause-related marketing;

Researching funding sources and grant

proposal writing.



February 1, 1898 - The Travelers Insurance Company issued the first automobile insurance policy in the United States.


February 1, 1926 - Carter G. Woodson established Black History Month which is still celebrated.


February 2 -  Groundhog Day. There are many theories as to why we and Canada celebrate it. The lore says that if the groundhog comes out of its burrow and doesn't see its shadow, then winter will end early. If it does see its shadow, then there will be six more weeks of winter.


Note: Various groundhogs are shown each year on local news shows in the tri-state area.


February 2, 1867 - Howard University, an historically black university, was chartered.


February 2, 1902 - Author Langston Hughes was born. He was a premier African-American author during the Harlem Renaissance.


(Editor's Note: My aunt worked for his publisher and knew him and I inherited a few of the  autographed books he gave her. She also met other legendary writers who met at the Algonquin Hotel "Round Table.")


February 2, 1912 - Grand Central Terminal opened.


February 3, 1870 - The 15th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified. It gave all males the right to vote, regardless of race.


February 4, 1789 - George Washington was elected the first President of the United States. John Adams was the first Vice President.  He was inaugurated on April 30th on the site of what is now Federal Hall on Wall Street.The first capital after the inauguration was New York City which then consisted only of Manhattan.


February 7, 1862 - The New England Freedman's Aid Society was founded in Boston.


February 7, 1867 - Frederick Douglas and an African-American delegation visited President Andrew Johnson in the White House, a first.


February 7, 1964 - The Beatles arrived in the United States. They appeared on the Ed Sullivan TV show to shouts and screams!


February 8, 1910 - The Boys Scouts of America was chartered.


February 11, 1802 - Lydia Marie Francis Child, who was an abolitionist and suffragette, was born. Women won the right to vote in 1920 when the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified.


February 12, 1809 - Abraham Lincoln was born. In 1861 he was elected the 16th President of the United States. He signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.


February 12, 1909 - The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People -- known as the NAACP - - was formed. It is one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the United States. Its mission is "to insure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of minority group citizens" of the United States.  The organization's name is one of the last remaining uses of the term "colored" people which is retained in keeping with tradition. The organization was integrated from its earliest days. Members included women's rights activists Jane Addams and Lillian Ward.


February 16, 1827 - Freedom's Journal, the first African-American newspaper began publication.


February 18, 1933 - Prohibition was repealed when the 21st Amendment was ratified. It repealed the 18th Amendment.


February 22, 1732 - George Washington was born. He commanded the American troops during the American Revolution and was the first President of the United States of America. Washington did not want to be President and wrote to a friend that he would be facing "an ocean of difficulties."


February  22, 1980 - The American hockey team was victorious over the then USSR team in the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. It was called "The Miracle on Ice."


February 23, 1868 - William E. B. DuBois was born. He was the founder of the NAACP.


February 26, 1869 - Congress passed the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitutuion granting African-American suffrage.


February 28, 1842 - Charles Lennox Redmond, an African-American journalist, testified before the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He spoke against segregation in transportation. He was also an anti-slavery debater.



Note: March is Women's History Month.



Historically yours,




















































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