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. Rev. Ralph Abernathy, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bayard Rustin
1956: The Rev. Ralph Abernathy, left, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Bayard Rustin, leaders in the racial bus boycott in Montgomery, Ala., leave the Montgomery County Courthouse on this day. (AP Photo)
2. Eddie Murray
1956: Baseball Hall of Famer, Major League Baseball first baseman and designated hitter and known as one of the most reliable and productive hitters of his era, Eddie Murray, was born on this day in Los Angeles, CA. (AP Photo)
3. Roberta Flack
1973: Robert Flack’s ‘Killing Me Softly with His Song’ topped the Pop Charts for the first of five weeks. (Photo: AP)
4. Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
1977: Professional boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. was born on this day in Grand Rapids, Michigan. (Photo: AP)
5. James Ingram
1982: James Ingram won a Grammy for Best Vocal R&B Performance by a Male for the song ‘One Hundred Ways’ on this day. (Photo: YouTube)
6. Kareem Abdul Jabbar
1987: Kareem Abdul Jabbar scored his first three point shot on this day. (Photo: AP)
7. L.A. Reid and Babyface
1993: L.A. Reid and Babyface received the Producer of the Year Award at the 35th Annual Grammy Awards on this day. (Photo: AP)
8. Sam Cooke
1999: Sam Cooke was honored posthumously with the NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award at the 41st Annual Grammy Awards on this day. (Photo: YouTube)
9. Lauryn Hill
1999: Lauryn Hill took home five Grammy Awards for Best R&B Song, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best New Artist, Album of the Year and Best R&B Album on this day.
10. Octavia Butler
2006: Prominent female Sci-Fi Writer, Octavia Butler, died this day. She was the first African American woman to gain popularity and critical acclaim as a major science fiction writer and the first Genre author to win the MacArthur Foundations’ ‘Genius’ Grant. (Photo: Tumblr)