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. John Menard
1869: John Menard became the first black to make a speech in Congress. (Photo: Tumblr)
2. 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)
3. Dexter Gordon
1923: Jazz saxophonist Dexter Gordon was born. He passed away in 1990.
4. 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)
5. 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.