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