black history month
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.
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.
On Feb. 8, 1986, the Oprah Winfrey Show became nationally syndicated.
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.”
On Feb. 7, Carter Woodson created the first ever Negro History Week and comedian Chris Rock was born.
On Feb. 6, 1945, Nesta Robert Marley was born in St. Ann, Jamaica and Arthur Ashe passed away from pneumonia.