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Today in women’s history: Georgia O’Keefe, American artist, dies at 98

Georgia O'Keefe, one of the most renowned and honored American artists, died March 6, 1986, at the age of 98.

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Today in women’s history: Suffrage supporters march in D.C

On March 3, 1913 supporters of the right of women to vote marched in Washington D.C., disprupting the inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson.

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Today in black history: First black U.S. Senator sworn in

On February 25, 1870, Hiram R. Revels of Mississippi was sworn in as the first black U.S. Senator.

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Today in black history: Andrew Johnson impeached

On Feb. 24, 1868 the House voted to impeach President Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Abraham Lincoln as president of the United States.

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Today in Black history: Actor Sidney Poitier born

Mentored along with Harry Belafonte and others by Paul Robeson, Poitier was red baited during the McCarthy period.  He resisted naming names and studio demands that he sign loyalty oaths.

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Today in black history: Vonetta Flowers first black gold medalist at Winter Olympics

On February 19, 2002, Vonetta Flowers became the first black gold medalist in the history of the Winter Olympic Games.

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Today in black history: Anti-slavery activist Frederick Douglass born

He became a leader of the abolitionist movement after escaping slavery in 1838, and went on to become an excellent lecturer and writer.

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Today in labor history: Atheists and religious alike celebrate “Darwin Day”

People worldwide are celebrating Darwin's life.

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Today in labor history: first legal protest by slaves in New York

On this date in 1644 the first "legal" protest by Africans in America occurred.

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Today in black history: Leontyne Price born

Her voice was "rich, supple and shining, it was in its prime capable of effortlessly soaring from a smoky mezzo to the pure soprano gold of a perfectly spun high C."

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