February 19th

1867: Annie Meyer, one of the founders of Barnard College, playwright, born. http://ht.ly/3ZC9u

1871: Lugenia B.Hope, founder of Neighborhood Union, racial justice activist who planted seeds of Civil RIghts movement, born

1902: Kay Boyle, US writer of more than 40 books, educator, & progressive political activist, victim of McCarthyism, born.

1917: Carson McCullers, US author, most known for novels about the South, including ‘The Heart is a Lonely Hunter,’ born.

1919: Pan-African Congress met in Paris. US delegates included W.E.B. Du Bois & Black women’s rights activist Ida Gibbs Hunt.

1942: FDR orders detention & internment of all west-coast Japanese & Japanese-Americans, about 110,000 people.

1952: Amy Tan, pioneering Chinese-American author whose books, including The Joy Luck Club, explore mother/daughter relationships, born.

2002: Vonetta Flowers became 1st Black gold medalist (women’s two-person bobsled event) in history of Winter Olympic Games.

2002: Sylvia Rivera, civil rights activist, transgender rights warrior, advocate for homeless youth, died. http://ht.ly/3ZCWF

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