tlcBlack 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.
1. 1971: Rozonda ‘Chili’ Thomas was born on this day.
2. John Menard
1869: John Menard became the first black to make a speech in Congress. (Photo: Tumblr)
3. Charlotte E. Ray
1872: Charlotte E. Ray graduated from Howard University School of Law on this day and became the first female admitted to the District of Columbia Bar. (Photo: NewsOne)
4. Dexter Gordon
1923: Jazz saxophonist Dexter Gordon was born. He passed away in 1990.
5. Marian Anderson
1897: Born this day, singer Marian Anderson and one of the best American contraltos of all time. In 1955, she became the first African American singer to perform as a member of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. She passed away in April of 1993. (Photo: AP)
6. Michael Jackson
1980: On this day, Michael Jackson was awarded the Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male Grammy at the 22nd annual Grammy Awards for ‘Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough’ on this day.