Black History Month originated in 1926, founded by Carter G. Woodson and was created to celebrate achievements, births, important timelines, events and to remember those we lost.

February 22: This Day in Black History was originally published on

1. Bobby Hendricks

Bobby Hendricks

1938: R&B singer Bobby Hendricks, lead singer with The Drifters before becoming a successful solo act, was born on this day in Columbus, OH. (Photo: Tumblr)

2. Horace Pippin

Horace Pippin

1888: Self-taught painter/artist, Horace Pippin, was born on this day in West Chester, PA. The injustice of slavery and American segregation figure prominently in many of his works. (Photo: Tumblr)

3. Ernie K-Doe

Ernie K-Doe

1936: R&B singer Ernie K-Doe was born on this day in New Orleans, LA and was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2009. He passed away in July of 2001. (Photo: AP)

4. Tucker Smallwood

Tucker Smallwood

1944: Actor, Author, musician and director Tucker Smallwood was born on this day. (Photo: Flickr)

5. Harvey Mason

Harvey Mason

1947: Jazz, Sessions drummer Harvey Mason was born on this day in Atlantic City, NJ. (Photo: YouTube)

6. Julius ‘Dr. J’ Erving

Julius ‘Dr. J’ Erving

1950: One of the great superstars of the NBA and Hall of Famer, Julius “Dr. J” Erving, was born this day in East Meadow, NY. (AP Photo)

7. Wilt Chamberlain

Wilt Chamberlain

1962: Wilt Chamberlain, the first player in NBA history named MVP and Rookie of the Year in the same season (1960) set an NBA record with 34 free throw attempts on this day. (Photo: AP)

8. Jayson Williams

Jayson Williams

1968: Former NBA player, Jayson Williams, was born on this day in Ritter, SC. He played nine seasons in the NBA but is now unfortunately better known as the guy from the NJ Nets who fatally shot his limo driver. (Photo: AP)

9. David Ruffin

David Ruffin

1969: Former lead singer of the Temptations, David Ruffin, began his solo career with his chart debut with ‘My Whole World Ended’ on this day, which reached #2 on the R&B Chart and #9 on the Pop chart. (Photo: Tumblr)

10. Gilbert Brown

Gilbert Brown

1971: Former NFL player Gilbert Brown was born on this day in Farmington, Michigan. He is the founder of the Gilbert Brown Foundation that provides funds for numerous organizations including Camp Sunshine – Kids with Cancer, Make A Wish Foundation, High School Scholarship Program and several others. (Photo: AP)

11. LaBelle


1975: The number one song on this day was ‘Lady Marmalade’ by LaBelle ( Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash). (Photo: NewsOne)

12. Florence Ballard

Florence Ballard

1976: Florence Ballard, the original lead singer of the Supremes, died on this day of a heart attack nine years after she left the group. Aretha Franklin’s father, Reverend C.L. Franklin gave the eulogy and the pall bearers were the Four Tops and Marv Johnson. She was only 32 years old. (Photo: Tumblr)

13. DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince

DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince

1989: DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince won the first Rap Grammy for the hit single ‘Parents Just Don’t Understand’ on this day. (Photo: EURweb)

14. TLC


1992: TLC charted with their debut recording ‘Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg’ on this day and reached #2 on the R&B charts and #6 on the Pop charts. (Photo: Blackamericaweb)

15. Johnnie Carr

Johnnie Carr

2008: Alabama civil rights activist Johnnie Carr who joined childhood friend Rosa Parks in the historic Montgomery bus boycott passed away on this day. She was 97 years old. (Photo: AP)