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  • Black History Month Quick Facts & Trivia

    Black History Month Magic Quick Facts


    • Black History Month originated in 1926 by Carter Godwin Woodson. February was picked in honor of Frederick Douglass & Abraham Lincoln, who were both born in that month.


    • The banjo originated in Africa and up until the 1800’s was considered an instrument only played by black people.


    • Buffalo Soldiers was the name given to the all-black regiments of the U.S. Army started in 1866. The oldest Buffalo Soldier, Mark Matthews, died at the age of 111 in 2005.


    • Harriet Tubman was a spy for the Union Army.


    • The first Africans arrived in America, between 1526 and 1539 in the company of Spanish and Portuguese explorers.


    • Vermont was the first state to abolish slavery in 1777.


    • The 13th Amendment to the Constitution abolished slavery in 1865.


    • Kwanzaa means “first fruits” in Swahili.


    • Violet Palmer was the first African American female to referee in a regular season NBA game in 1997.


    • Wilt Chamberlin was the first basketball player to score 100 points in a single game and also the first to score 30,000 points in the NBA.


    • Sheryl Swoopes was the first woman to have an athletic shoe named after them.