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Black History Month, February 1, 2016

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This first day of February starts the beginning of Black History Month.  A time for American and remember the contributions made by African Americans from poetry, story books and novels to countless inventions that made the world a better, safer, tastier and more convenient place to live.

Happy Black History Month! Thanks to it was on this day in black history…..
1997- First 24 – Hour Black Movie Channel
BET Holdings and Encore Media Corp. launched BET Movie/Star, giving birth to the first 24 hour Black Movie channel.
1990 – Original Sit-In Revisited
In Greensboro, North Carolina, Joseph McNeil, Jibreel Khazan (Ezell Blair), Franklin McCain and David Richond repeated the original sit-in which took place 30 years prior. They would have breakfast at the historic Greensboro Woolworth store.
1978 – The first stamp of the U.S. Postal Service’s
The first stamp Black Heritage USA series rolled out of the U.S. Postal Service honoring famed abolitionist and Underground Railroad conductor, Harriet Tubman.
The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery, was adopted by the 38th Congress. Ratification was completed December 6, 1865.
1965 – Actress Ruby Dee in Shakespeare Festival
Actress/ activist Ruby Dee, became the first African American actress to play a major role at the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford Conn.
1937 – Actor/Comedian Garrett Morris born
Formerly of SNL, Actor/Comedian Garrett Morris, was born on this day in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1902 – Langston Hughes
Famed poet, abolitionist, Harlem Renaissance, social activist, novelist, playwright Langston Hughes was born on this day.  Hughes is responsible for Black Arts Movement being from Harlem this help make him one of the greatest poets of all time. Before his death in 1967, he wrote fifteen collections of poetry, two autobiographies, and seven collections of short stories, as well as other juvenile books. His most noted were The Poetry of the Negro, and Weary Blues.

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