black history month
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February is Black History Month and the DMV is celebrating with a slew of events in the city.
Nike has released a 2015 Black History Month Collection, honoring six athletes and coaches “who have positively impacted sport with their courage and determination.”
On Feb. 27, 1853, Anthony Bowen founded the first YMCA chapter for African- Americans in Washington, D.C.
Lauryn Williams became the first American woman to win a medal in both the Winter and Summer Olympics.
On Feb. 26, 1928, Antoine “Fats” Domino was born in New Orleans, La.
On Feb. 24, 1864, Rebecca Lee Crumpler became the first African-American woman to earn a medical degree.
On Feb. 20, 1924, Sidney Poitier, the first African-American to win Best Actor at the Oscars, was born.
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. 14, 1817, Frederick Douglass was born in Talbot County, Md. and later became leader of the abolitionist movement.