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.

February 1: This Day in Black History  was originally published on

1. Langston Hughes

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1902: Playwright and Poet Langston Hughes was born on this day in Joplin, Missouri. He published his first poem in 1921 and his first book in 1926. He went on to write countless works of poetry, prose, plays as well as a popular column for the Chicago Defender. He passed away on May 22, 1967.

2. Sissy Houston

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2013: Sissy Houston was a guest on the Tom Joyner Morning Show and discussed her new book “Remembering Whitney” and her concerns about Bobbi Kristina.

3. The Greensboro Four

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Feb. 1, 1960 Four college students (Ezell A. Blair Jr., Franklin E. McCain, Joseph A. McNeil, and David L. Richmond) staged a sit in at Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C. The four attempted to order coffee at the whites only lunch counter but were refused service. They continued these peaceful protest until the establishment desegregated.