Black 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.

February 11: This Day in Black History was originally published on

1. Otis Clay

Otis Clay

1942: Otis Clay, an R&B and soul singer, who started in gospel music was born on this day in Waxhaw, MS. (Photo: Retna)

2. S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

2005: S. Epatha Merkerson stated in an interview regarding her latest project ‘Lakawanna Blues’ that she was really happy. ‘I’m 52 years old, I have hot flashes, and I’m the lead in a film’ she gushed.