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tlcBlack 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 27: This Day in Black History  was originally published on

1. 1971: Rozonda ‘Chili’ Thomas was born on this day.

1971: Rozonda ‘Chili’ Thomas was born on this day.

2. John Menard

John Menard

1869: John Menard became the first black to make a speech in Congress. (Photo: Tumblr)

3. Charlotte E. Ray

Charlotte E. Ray

1872: Charlotte E. Ray graduated from Howard University School of Law on this day and became the first female admitted to the District of Columbia Bar. (Photo: NewsOne)

4. Dexter Gordon

Dexter Gordon

1923: Jazz saxophonist Dexter Gordon was born. He passed away in 1990.