February Highlights in African American Women’s History

February 1, 1930 (d. 1986) – Ruth Ross, magazine editor, helped found inaugural issue of “Essence” (1970), which included articles of leading African-American scholars and writers, however the Black Perspective, first to address issue of race in the media, feared advertising losses and removed her so the magazine became “less black”

February 1, 1978 – First postage stamp to honor a black woman, Harriet Tubman, is issued in Washington, DC