black history month

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Feb. 27: Anthony Bowen Opens First YMCA Chapter for African-Americans in D.C.

On Feb. 27, 1853, Anthony Bowen founded the first YMCA chapter for African- Americans in Washington, D.C.


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Lauryn Williams Makes History: Wins Medals in Both Summer & Winter Olympics

Lauryn Williams became the first American woman to win a medal in both the Winter and Summer Olympics.


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Feb. 26: Fats Domino, R&B Pianist, Was Born in New Orleans

On Feb. 26, 1928, Antoine “Fats” Domino was born in New Orleans, La.


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Feb. 24: Rebecca Lee Crumpler is the First Black Woman to Earn a Medical Degree

On Feb. 24, 1864, Rebecca Lee Crumpler became the first African-American woman to earn a medical degree.


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Feb. 20: Actor Sidney Poitier is Born in Miami

On Feb. 20, 1924, Sidney Poitier, the first African-American to win Best Actor at the Oscars, was born.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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Feb. 11: Nelson Mandela Gets Released From Prison After 27 Years

On Feb. 11, 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from a South African prison after 27 years.


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Feb. 10: The Civil Rights Act Passed & President Obama Wins a GRAMMY

On Feb. 10, 1964, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by a vote of 290 to 130 and President Barack Obama won a GRAMMY Award for Best Spoken Word Album.




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