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. Jack Johnson
1903: Jack Johnson became the first African American heavyweight Champion on this day. (Photo: NewsOne)
2. Emmitt Smith
2005: Emmitt Smith announced his retirement as NFL’s all-time leading rusher and called his 15-year career a tremendous ride.
3. Maya Angelou
2013: Maya Angelou’s annual special for Black History featured Oprah, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, Regina Taylor & diplomat Kofi Annan as the only male guest.