February – New York Amsterdam News

Black History Month begins with the theme “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.” The founder of The Supremes, Mary Wilson, dies at age 76 of hypertensive atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease in her home in Nevada.

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During the service of a court order, a suspect kills two FBI agents and injures three others before barricading himself inside his home in Sunrise, Florida. The U.S. Senate is voting 50-49 to pass a budget resolution that will allow Democrats to pass President Bidens $ 1.9 trillion. relief package without Republican support. The 50-50 vote is broken by Vice President Kamala Harris. Harlem community organizer Cornelius Ricks dies at age 65 of prostate cancer. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers win the Super Bowl LV and defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9. Mayor Bill de Blasio announces that more than 1 million people in the city have been vaccinated for COVID-19. Jazzkeyboard player Chick Corea dies at age 79. Donald Trump is acquitted in his second state court case. The city is opening mass vaccination sites across the five boroughs. A major winter and ice storm is hitting parts of the nation. The storm is causing major damage in Texas, where power has been lost to 3.5 million people. The storm kills 136 people. Indoor dining resumes in the city after stopping for two months. Restaurants must adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols, including a 25% capacity limit. The black theater company New Federal Theater celebrates 50 years. New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal is announcing charges against three suspended detectives for their alleged roles in an incident in which inmates were assaulted and seriously injured at the Edna Mahan probation service for women in Clifton. Pastor and television player Frederick KC Price dies at age 86. New Jersey becomes the 13th state to legalize marijuana as Governor Phil Murphy signs the “New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act” into law. The bill legalizes and regulates the use and possession of cannabis for adults 21 years of age and older and decriminalizes the possession of marijuana and hashish. Public Defender Jumaane Williams is calling for the passage of his bill to create a three-digit hotline used for mental health emergencies as an alternative to 911. The Supreme Court rejects a final attempt by Donald Trump to protect his financial records.

Malcolm X in 1964 Credit: Public Domain photo

A letter emerges revealing that Ray Wood, an undercover police officer, confessed on his deathbed that the NYPD and the FBI conspired to assassinate civil rights activist / icon Malcolm X in February 1965 in Harlem. The United States will be the first country to surpass 500,000 deaths due to the virus. Flags in the United States are flown at half-staff for five days to commemorate the lost. The global death toll exceeds 2.5 million. Mark Anthony Morales, known as the rapper “Prince Markie Dee” from rap group The Fat Boys, dies at the age of 52. New York school chancellor Richard Carranza announces that he is retiring after three years on the job. Carranza says he lost more than 10 family members and friends to COVID-19 and needs time to mourn.

Bronx Executive Superintendent Meisha Ross Porter replaces him and becomes the first black woman to serve at the city’s public schools. Golf champion Tiger Woods is seriously injured in a car accident in California and is undergoing surgery. The Johnson & Johnson single-shot COVID-19 vaccine receives an emergency use permit from the US Food and Drug Administration. Playwright, actor, director and theater producer Douglas Turner Ward dies at age 90. Middle school students return to personal learning. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is accused of sexual harassment by former aide Charlotte Bennett after alleging he harassed her in 2020. Bennett is the second woman to accuse the governor. City officials say the Bedford Union Armory in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, will be named after the late former congressman Major Robert Owens.

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