On this day in Black History: Ruby Dee, Greensboro sit-in, Ida B. Wells stamp and more

On this day in Black history, February 1: 

— In 1990, the Ida B. Wells postage stamp was first issued, selling for a quarter at the Museum of Science and Technology in Chicago, Illinois. 

— In 1960, four Black men from Greensboro, North Carolina, later known as The Greensboro Four, staged a sit-in after being refused service at a segregated lunch counter.  

— In 1965, Ruby Dee was the first African American to play a major role at the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Connecticut.

— In 1997, Starz and BET launched Starz in Black, a 24-hour Black movie channel.

— Happy Birthday to Langston HughesRick JamesSherman HemsleyBig BoiGarrett Morris and Anthony Johnson.

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