black history month

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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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Oprah Winfrey: A Journey From Local Television to Media Tycoon

Arguably the most powerful woman in media, you would be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t know Oprah Winfrey.


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The Jackson Five: Royal Family of Pop

The Jackson Five are perhaps one of the most iconic groups in the music business.


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DJ Kool Herc: Pioneer in Hip-Hop

In 1970’s New York, Herc used funk records and isolated the instrumental portion, focusing on the beat of the drums, known as the “break.”


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Magic Johnson: Overcoming the Odds

Making a career as a professional basketball player for the Lakers, Magic Johnson was part of the historic “Dream Team” that went on to win gold at the 1992 Olympics.


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The Williams Sisters: Tennis’ Dynamic Duo

Venus and Serena Williams have taken the world by storm with 22 Grand Slam titles between them.


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Tyler Perry: Entertainment Icon

Surviving an abusive childhood,Tyler Perry has gone on to do great things- tackling stage, screen and television with what is called the Gospel genre.