Black History Month – Feb. 19: Jupiter Hammon
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Black History Month – Feb. 19: Jupiter Hammon

Jupiter Hammon (October 17, 1711 – before 1806) was a black poet who in 1761 became the first African-American writer to be published in the present-day United States. Additional poems and sermons were also published. Born into slavery, Hammon was never emancipated. He was living in 1790 at the age of 79, and died by 1806. A devout Christian, he is considered one of the founders of African-American literature....

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Black History Month – Feb. 18: Carol Moseley-Braun
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Black History Month – Feb. 18: Carol Moseley-Braun

Moseley-Braun made history in 1992 when she was elected to the U.S. Senate, becoming the first black woman to do so. She upset two-term incumbent Alan Dixon in the Democratic primary and went on to defeat Republican candidate Richard Williamson. As a senator, she sponsored several progressive education bills and championed strong gun control laws. She served on the judiciary, banking, housing and urban affairs, and small business...

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Black History Month – Feb. 17: Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm
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Black History Month – Feb. 17: Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm

Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1924, Shirley Chisholm is best known for becoming the first black congresswoman (1968), representing New York State in the U.S. House of Representatives for seven terms. She went on to run for the 1972 Democratic nomination for the presidency—becoming the first major-party African-American candidate to do so. Throughout her political career, Chisholm fought for education opportunities and social justice....

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Black History Month – Feb. 16: Carl Stokes
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Black History Month – Feb. 16: Carl Stokes

Carl Stokes was born on June 21, 1927, in Cleveland, Ohio. His father died when Stokes was young. He worked various jobs to support his family and served in the U.S. Army in World War II. He studied law and passed the bar in 1957. He served as Cleveland’s first African American mayor from 1967 to 1971. He then became a New York City news anchor and won an Emmy Award. He died on April 3, 1996.  ...

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Black History Month – Feb. 15: George Poage
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Black History Month – Feb. 15: George Poage

I love the Olympics. Especially the summer Olympics, so this was an interesting fact to me: He was the first African American to win a metal in the Olympics. He won a Bronze metal in 1904 in the 400 metal hurdles. http://www.answers.com/Q/Who_was_the_first_African_American_to_compete_in_Olympics Photo: snipview.com   Related articles 25 remarkable moments in black history from the last 25 years. Black History Month marked at New...

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