Black History Month facts for Feb. 3

February 02, 2012|Madge Miles | Around Jonathan Street

As we celebrate Black History Month in February, a month dedicated to celebrating and remembering the history, accomplishments and triumphs of black American culture, here are a few facts:

  • On this day, Feb. 3, 1989, six-time All-Star Bill White was named president of the National League in Major League Baseball. The former St. Louis Cardinals’ first baseman became the first black man to head a major sports league.
  • On Feb. 3, 1903, Jack Johnson became the first black heavyweight champion.
  • The Negro Baseball League was founded in 1920.

Movie night planned Saturday
The feature film “A Mile in His Shoes” will be shown Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Bridge of Life Church, 14 S. Potomac St.

The movie, popcorn and drinks are free.

Breakfast planned Saturday at church
The ladies of Ebenezer AME Church, 40 W. Bethel St., will hold their Women’s Day-sponsored breakfast Saturday, starting at 8 a.m.

The menu includes eggs, sausage, bacon, fried potatoes and onions, grits, pancakes, biscuit, juice or coffee.  It will be eat in or take out. 


Breakfast costs $6. 

Book club news
The Sisters in Spirit Book Club will hold a meet and greet for new members Sunday, Feb. 19 at 3 p.m.

The book, “Liliane: Resurrection of the Daughter,” by Ntozake Shange, will be discussed.  

If you want to start 2012 by reading some of the latest African-American authored books, join the book club, which is beginning its fifth year. 

For more information, call Ladetra Robinson at 240-520-5676 or send an email to

Atlantic City trip planned
The Progressive Men’s’ Club will sponsor a day trip to Atlantic City, N.J., on Saturday, Feb. 11.

Tickets costs $60 per person, which includes a buffet.

For tickets or more information, call 301-665-9165.

Pet photos to benefit shelter
Studio 3 Photography, owned by Kim McMillion, will host My Fuzzy Valentine, a photography fundraiser for the Humane Society of Washington County.

Props will be available for families to have their photo taken with their pets on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 6 S. Main St. in Boonsboro.

Photos cost $10 each, and 50 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the animal shelter.

If pet owners bring an animal-related item as a donation to the shelter, the cost will be $5 and the entire amount will be donated to the shelter. Advance reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling 240-818-5833.

Street parking is available in front of the studio.

Little League rules clinic starts Tuesday
Starting Tuesday, Feb. 7, Maryland District 1 Little League will conduct a rules and umpire clinic each Tuesday in February from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Church of God on Leitersburg Pike.

If you are a baseball/softball manager, coach, umpire or interested parent, it is recommended that you attend the sessions because there are rule changes this year.

The clinic is free to Little League volunteers.

For more information, call Denny Hockensmith, 301-416-2841 or Dave Grams. 301-791-1687.  

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