black history month

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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.


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Feb. 5: Hank Aaron is Born in Mobile, Ala.

On Feb. 5, Clifton R. Wharton Sr. became the first African-American U.S. ambassador to be appointed diplomat over a European country and Hank Aaron was born in Mobile, Ala.


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Feb. 4: Rosa Parks is Born, Warren Moon Makes NFL History

On Feb. 4, 1913, Rosa Parks, the mother of the civil rights movement was born in Tuskegee, Ala. and Warren Moon became the first black man to be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.



Black History Month Events for 2014

All month, WPGC will be celebrating Black History Month around Maryland, Virginia and the District. From educational tours to Worship Services and everything in between, see these great events that are fun and educational.


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Martin Luther King Jr.: Civil Rights Icon

King, co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, was at the forefront of demonstrations like the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955.





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