Hello February!! Black History Month!
Let me just say these two things and get it off my chest…
1- We all know darn well that there needs to be an even teaching of ALL HISTORY!
Black History has one month,
Latin American History has no month,
Asian American History has no month,
White American History has 11 months,
Native American History has no month (and damn it, if anybody deserves some shine it is the Indians, they lost out big time in AMERICA)!!
But the list goes on and you get my point!
2- ATTENTION BLACK PEOPLE… I know you have your favorite Black Heroes but can we talk about someone other than MARTIN LUTHER KING JR, HARRIET TUBMAN, FREDRICK DOUGLASS, and MALCOLM X??? I’m just saying…
Our HISTORY is so much more than just that!
Okay, I’m good now! We can move on!
~Black History Month~
I cannot promise you I will post something about Black History every day in February. But I will surely try!
Okay Class, today’s Black History lesson/fact is about…
“Macon Bolling Allen is believed to be the first black man in the United States who was licensed to practice law“(www.blackpast.org, 2011).
According to blackpast.org :
In the early 1840s Bolling moved from Indiana to Portland, Maine. There he became friends with local anti-slavery leader General Samuel Fessenden, who had recently began a law practice. Fessenden took on Allen as an apprentice/law clerk. By 1844 Allen had acquired enough proficiency that Fessenden introduced him to the Portland District court and stated that he thought Allen should be able to practice as a lawyer. He was refused on the grounds that he was not a citizen, though according to Maine law anyone “of good moral character” could be admitted to the bar. He then decided to apply for admission by examination. After passing the exam and earning his recommendation he was declared a citizen of Maine and given his license to practice law on July 3, 1844.
Allen passed the Massachusetts Bar Exam on May 5, 1845. Shortly afterwards he and Robert Morris, Jr., opened the first black law office in the United States. In 1848 he passed another rigorous exam to become Justice of the Peace for Middlesex County, Massachusetts. In addition to his license to practice law he is believed to be the first black man to hold a judiciary position.
Read about Macon Bolling Allen here.
Okay Class consider yourself schooled!