On this day in Black history: St. Lucia gains independence, first rap Grammy Award and more

On this day in Black history, February 22:

— In 1911, activist, writer and speaker Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, also known as the “Bronze Muse,” died. She was one of the first Black women to be published in the United States.

— In 1979, St. Lucia, an island country of the West Indies in the eastern Caribbean, officially gained its independence from the United Kingdom. 

— In 1989, the Grammy Awards handed out the first-ever award for Best Rap Performance to JeffreyDJ Jazzy Jeff” Townes and Will “the Fresh Prince” Smith for their hit single, “Parent’s Just Don’t Understand.” The dynamic duo boycotted the show since the awards presentation was not televised.

— Happy birthday to George Fleming, Horace Pippin, Ishmael Reed, Julius Erving, Rajon Rondo and Khalil Mack.

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