Black History Month Facts of the Day: February 21st
Black History Month

Black History Month Facts of the Day: Feb 21st

In 1964, Wallace talked with Malcolm X in his home for one of few interviews conducted shortly before the leader's assassination. Wallace would count the Nation of Islam leader as a friend thereafter. His interview gave one of the first mainstream glimpses into Malcolm X's beliefs and the concept of "invisible movements" occurring nationwide during a time of high civil unrest.

"...Negroes are banning together, in different kinds of movements, all kinds of movements," Malcolm X said. "They remain almost invisible ...When I say invisible I mean invisible in the sense that their existence is unknown and no matter how much you try and track them down, you can't find them. And never try and find them through the Negro leaders. The Negro leaders are famous as apologists. If you recall, one of the most famous Negro leaders in 1959 was asked by you about the Black Muslim Movement, and he said he knew nothing about it..."


On every single day of Black History Month this February, we will provide you with a daily fact that occurred on the same day in a past year in history.

Today’s Black History Month facts focus on Malcolm X and Barbara Jordan.

– On this day in 1917, jazz great Thelonious Monk was born

– On this day in 1936, the first black women elected to the house of Representatives Barbara Jordan was born.

– On this day in 1940, legendary singer Nina Simone was born

– On this day in 1961, Otis Boykin patented the electrical resistor. The device was used in all guided missiles and IBM computers

– On this day in 1965, activist Malcolm X was assassinated at the age of 39 in New York City.