Black History Month

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The month of February is a time to honor the achievements of Black Americans in U.S. history. Since its first observance in 1970 at Kent State University, Black History Month (also known as African American History Month) has evolved into a country-wide celebration.

Did you know:

  • Along with being a powerful anti-slavery organizer, James McCune Smith was the first Black American to achieve a Medical Degree in 1837.
  • In 1988 Oprah Winfrey founded Harpo Productions, which made her the first woman in history to own and produce her own talk show. She was also the first Black American (man or woman) to own an entertainment production company.
  • President Gerald Ford, the first president to recognize Black History Month in 1976, urged us all to “seize the opportunity” to honor Black accomplishments in every area of endeavor throughout our history.
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