Black History Month

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Feb. 19: Smokey Robinson is Born & John Singleton Gets Academy Award Nod

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.

02/19/2014

Shani Davis (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

Feb 18: Shani Davis Becomes First Black Olympic Gold Medalist

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.

02/18/2014

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Feb. 17: Michael Jordan & Black Panther Party Founder Huey Newton are Born

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.

02/17/2014

McDonald's Owner and Operator Michael Bland. (Photo courtesy of McDonald's)

Feb. 16: From Crew Member at 13 to McDonald’s Owner at 27

Michael Bland is a next generation McDonald’s owner and operator and one of the local faces of Black History Month.

02/16/2014

Wilt Chamberlain (Dick Raphael/Getty Images)

Feb 16: Wilt Chamberlain is the First NBA Player to Score 30,000 Points

On Feb. 16, 1972, Wilt Chamberlain made history becoming the first NBA player to score 30,000 points

02/16/2014

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Feb. 15: Leon Spinks Defeats Muhammad Ali for Heavyweight Championship

On Feb. 15, 1978, Leon Spinks defeated Muhammad Ali for the heavyweight boxing championship, which became the biggest upset in boxing history.

02/15/2014

Abolitionist Frederick Douglass (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Feb. 14: Abolitionist Leader Frederick Douglass is Born

On Feb. 14, 1817, Frederick Douglass was born in Talbot County, Md. and later became leader of the abolitionist movement.

02/14/2014

A statue of Rube Foster (TANNEN MAURY/Getty Images)

Feb. 13: Rube Foster Founded the Negro Baseball League

On Feb. 13, 1920, Rube Foster founded the Negro Baseball League.

02/13/2014

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Black History Fact: The History of Barry Farms

This “Black Fact” is not about a person, but rather a neighborhood – “Barry Farms” here in D.C.

02/12/2014

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Feb. 12: The NAACP is Formed & the First Black Head Coach is Born

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.

02/12/2014