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February 1 - The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery, was adopted by the 38th Congress. Ratification was completed December 6, 1865. Also in 1870, Jonathan Jasper Wright was elected to the South Carolina Supreme Court.

Black History Month began as “Negro History Week,” which was created in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, a noted African American historian, scholar, educator, and publisher. It became a month-long celebration in 1976. The month of February was chosen to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.  91 years later

1. Before there was Rosa Parks, there was Claudette Colvin.

2.  Civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. improvised part of his “I Have a Dream” speech at the 1963 March on Washington.” 

3. Bessie Coleman was the first African American woman to become a pilot. 

4. Abolitionist Harriet Tubman, who escorted over 300 slaves to freedom 

5. Booker T. Washington was an educator, author, orator, and advised U.S. presidents. He became the first black man to be invited to the White House 

 

 

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