Black History Month
On Feb. 19, singer William “Smokey” Robinson was born in Detroit, Mich and John Singleton became the first African-American director to be nominated for an Academy Award.
On Feb 18, 2006, Shani Davis was awarded with a gold medal for speed skating, becoming the first black athlete to win gold during the Olympics.
On Feb. 17, Huey P. Newton, co-founder of the Black Panther Party, was born in Monroe, La. and Michael Jordan was born in New York.
Michael Bland is a next generation McDonald’s owner and operator and one of the local faces of Black History Month.
On Feb. 16, 1972, Wilt Chamberlain made history becoming the first NBA player to score 30,000 points
On Feb. 15, 1978, Leon Spinks defeated Muhammad Ali for the heavyweight boxing championship, which became the biggest upset in boxing history.
On Feb. 14, 1817, Frederick Douglass was born in Talbot County, Md. and later became leader of the abolitionist movement.
On Feb. 13, 1920, Rube Foster founded the Negro Baseball League.
This “Black Fact” is not about a person, but rather a neighborhood – “Barry Farms” here in D.C.
On Feb. 12 , 1934, William Felton Russell, the first African-American to coach a major sports team, was born in Monroe, La. and the NAACP is formed.