black history month

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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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Feb. 9: Dr. Bernard Harris Becomes First Black Man to Walk in Space

On Feb. 9, 1995, Dr. Bernard Harris became the first African-American to perform a spacewalk and students at Johnson C. Smith stage sit-ins.


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Feb. 8: Oprah Winfrey’s Show is Nationally Syndicated

On Feb. 8, 1986, the Oprah Winfrey Show became nationally syndicated.


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Redskins WR Josh Morgan Upset Schools Aren’t Teaching More Black History

Redskins wide receiver Josh Morgan may be unsure about his future with the team, but when it comes to the future of black history in schools, he’s always sure about one thing. “[Teachers aren’t] even teaching it at their schools, they’re not teaching [students] what it means.”


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Feb. 7: Carter Woodson Creates First Negro History Week, Chris Rock Born

On Feb. 7, Carter Woodson created the first ever Negro History Week and comedian Chris Rock was born.


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Feb. 6: Bob Marley is Born & Arthur Ashe Passes Away

On Feb. 6, 1945, Nesta Robert Marley was born in St. Ann, Jamaica and Arthur Ashe passed away from pneumonia.