1. 1999-Cyber-Youth Network was launched. America’s urban students launched a website specifically designed to address their educational needs and interests called “The Cyber-Youth Network.” The site provided a model for online education by offering students and teachers culturally relevant material that is both educational and entertaining. With the help from organizations like founding sponsor DaimlerChrysler Corp., The launch of the program showcasedstudents from Washington, DC’s Eastern and Ballou Senior High school who, using the Cyber-Youth Network, will trace their ancestors through the African-American Civil War Memorial online database, access sites about Black History Month and participate in a live video conference with African-American role models.
  2. 1997-Award-winning jazz drummer Tony Williams dies in Daly City, California.
  3. 1989-Tennis professional Lori McNeil defeated Chris Evert in the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.
  4. 1989-Former Saint Louis Cardinals first baseman Bill White is named president of the National League. His is the first African American to head a major sports league.
  5. 1988-Confederate Flag Protest. In Montgomery, Alabama, Thomas Reed, President of the  Alabama chapter of the NAACP, was arrested after he and 11 others attempted to strike a Confederate flag flying atop of the state capitol building.
  6. 1981-The Air Force Academy drops its ban on applicants with sickle cell trait.
  7. 1965-Geraldine McCullough wins Widener Gold Medal Award.
  8. 1964-Blacks, Puerto Ricans boycott NYC Public Schools. School officials reported that 464,000 Black and Puerto Rican students boycotted New York City public schools. More than 267,000 were absent during second boycott, March 16th.
  9. 1956-Autherine J. Lucy becomes the first black student to attend the University of Alabama. She was expelled three days later “for her own safety” in response to threats from a mob. In 1992 Autherine Lucy Foster graduated from the University with a Master’s blanche-kelso-bruce-march-1-1841-march-17-1898-was-a-us-politician-EX6X8Ddegree in Education. The same day, her daughter, Grazia Foster, graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in corporate finance.
  10. 1948-Black Mother and Sons condemned to death. Rosa Ingram and her fourteen-and sixteen-year old sons condemned to death for the alleged murder of a white Georgian. Mrs. Ingram said she acted in self-defense.
  11. 1948-Laura Wheeler Waring, Portrait Painter and Illustrator dies.
  12. 1947-Marlene Nourbese Philip is the winner of the 1988 Casa de las Americas prize for poetry. She is a writer, poet, university lecturer and lawyer who lives in Canada but who hails from Tobago. Her published works include the novel “Harriet’s Daughter” and three collections of poetry including: Thorns, Salmon and Courage.
  13. 1920-Negro Baseball League was founded.
  14. 1874-Blanche Kelso Bruce elected to a full six-year term in the U.S. Senate by the Mississippi Legislature.
  15. 1810-Antonio Ruiz (El Negro Falucho), national hero of Buenos Aires, Argentina, dies for his country.