NationalBlackGuide.com’s 28 Days of Black History

NationalBlackGuide.com’s 28 Days of Black History

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February 1st: First Lawyer, John Mercer Langston was the first black man to become a lawyer when he passed the bar in Ohio in 1854.

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February 2nd: Shirley Chisholm was the first African American woman elected to the House of Representatives. She was elected in 1968 and represented the state of New York. 

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February 3rd: In 1992, Dr. Mae Jemison became the first African American woman to go into space aboard the space shuttle Endeavor. During her eight-day mission, she worked with U.S. and Japanese researchers, and was a co-investigator on a bone cell experiment.

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February 4th: March 2, 1955, when the fifteen-year-old schoolgirl refused to move to the back of the bus, nine months before Rosa Parks’

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February 5th: One in four cowboys was Black, despite the stories told in popular books and movies.

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February 6th: Esther Jones was the real Betty Boop! The iconic cartoon character Betty Boop was inspired by a Black jazz singer in Harlem.

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February 7th: Cathay Williams was the one and only female Buffalo Soldier, posing as a man named William Cathay to enlist in the 38th infantry in 1866

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February 8th: Will Smith along with partner Jazzy Jeff, won the first-ever Grammy for Best Rap Performance. They boycotted the awards because the category was barred from television.

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February 9th: At age 42, Satchel Paige became the oldest rookie to play Major League Baseball and continued to play until he was 47.

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February 10th: Dorothy Dandridge was the first African American woman nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award for her lead role in Carmen Jones.

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February 11th: First Senator, Hiram Rhodes Revels was the first African American ever elected to the U.S. Senate. He represented the state of Mississippi from February 1870 to March 1871.

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February 12th: Madam C.J. Walker was born on a cotton plantation in Louisiana and became wealthy after inventing a line of African-American hair care products. She established Madame C.J. Walker Laboratories and was also known for her philanthropy.

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February 13th: Arthur Ashe was the first African American male to win both the U.S. Open and Wimbledon.

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February 14th: Not just in the U.S., Canada began to observe Black History Month in 1995 and the UK’s celebration takes place in October.

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February 15th: John Baxter Taylor was the first African American to win an Olympic gold medal

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February 16th: Ben Carson was the first surgeon to separate twins conjoined at the head?

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February 17th: Allensworth is the first all-black Californian township, founded and financed by African Americans.

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February 18th: Jesse Jackson successfully negotiated the release of Lt. Robert O. Goodman Jr., an African-American pilot who had been shot down over Syria and taken hostage in 1983.

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February 19th: African-American fashion designer Ann Lowe designed the wedding dress of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

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February 20th: Halle Berry was the first African American to win an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Monster’s Ball.

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February 21st: Angela Davis was once placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list and then incarcerated due to her social activism and political affiliations.

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February 22nd: Garrett Morgan, inventor of the three-way traffic signal, also became the first African American to own a car in Cleveland, Ohio.

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February 23rd: Jockey Isaac Burns Murphy was the first African American to win three Kentucky Derbies

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February 24th: Condoleezza Rice is an accomplished pianist who has accompanied cellist Yo-Yo Ma, played with soul singer Aretha Franklin

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February 25th: Phillis Wheatley became the first published African-American poet in 1774 with her collection Poems on Various Subjects.

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February 26th: Jack Johnson became the first African-American man to hold the World Heavyweight Champion boxing title in 1908

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February 27th: Black History Month began as “Negro History Week,” which was created in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson.

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February 28th: Barack Obama is a Grammy award winner. His audio books, Dreams from My Father and The Audacity of Hope, won Best Spoken Word Album in 2008.

 

 

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