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Daily Black History facts for February 18th
1688: The 1688 Germantown Quaker Petition
Against Slavery became the first protest
against African American slavery made by
a religious body in the English colonies. It
was drafted by Francis Daniel Pastorius and
signed by him and three other Quakers living
in Germantown, Pennsylvania (now part of
Philadelphia) on behalf of the Germantown
Meeting of the Religious Society of
Friends. It was forwarded to the monthly,
quarterly, and yearly meetings without any
action being taken on it. According to John
Greenleaf Whittier, the original document
was discovered in 1844 by the Philadelphia
antiquarian Nathan Kite and published in
The Friend (Vol. XVIII. No. 16).
1964: Martin Luther King Jr. meets Pres. L.
Johnson at the White House with other Civil
Rights leaders. Johnson signed the fortified
Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law 6 months
later on July 2. Legend has it that as he put
down his pen Johnson told an aide, “We have
lost the South for a generation”, anticipating
a coming backlash from Southern whites
against Johnson’s Democratic Party
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