Black History Facts
- The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, a civil rights organization, was founded in 1909.
- February was chosen for Black History Month to coincide with Frederick Douglass’s and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays.
- One in four cowboys was black, despite the stories told in popular books and movies.
- Thurgood Marshall was the first African American appointed to the United States Supreme Court.
- At a time when universities did not typically offer financial assistance to black athletes, African-American football star Ernie Davis was offered more than 50 scholarships.
- Hall-of-Famer Jackie Robinson helped establish the African American-owned and -controlled Freedom Bank.
- Quincy Jones is the most Grammy-nominated artist in the history of the awards with 76 nominations and 26 awards.
- Inventor of the three-way traffic signal, Garrett Morgan, became the first African American to own a car in Cleveland, Ohio.
- Satchel Paige was the first African-American pitcher to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
- Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on Maya Angelou’s 40th birthday.
- Phillis Wheatley was only 12 years old when she became the first female African American author published.
Sources: workplacediversity.com and explorethearchive.com