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.
1. Hiram Rhodes Revels
1870: Hiram Rhodes Revels, a Republican from Mississippi, was sworn into the United States Senate, becoming the first African American ever to sit in the U.S. Congress. (Photo: Twitter)
2. Gwendolyn Brooks
1950: Gwendolyn Brooks, on this day, became the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize, for her book Annie Allen. She passed away in Chicago in December 2000. (Photo: NewsOne)
3. Foster Sylvers
1962: Singer, songwriter, record producer & multi-instrumentalist Foster Sylvers was born. (Photo: Tumblr)
4. Robert Hayden
1980: Award-winning Poet, essayist and educator Robert Hayden passed away, aged 66. He was also the first African American Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. (Photo: Tumblr)
5. Rapper Static Major
2008: Stephen Ellis Garret aka Static Major passed away, aged 33. He was a Grammy Award-winning rapper, songwriter, record producer & singer. He died of a rare condition called myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune disorder. (Photo: Tumblr)
6. Blues Great Louisiana Red
2012: Blues guitarist, singer & harmonica player Iverson Minter aka Louisiana Red passed away, aged 79.