Martin Luther King. Rosa Parks. Harriett Tubman. Jackie Robinson. We recognize their names and contributions to history quickly. During Black History Month we celebrate the progress they made possible for so many. This year, the inauguration of the first African American U.S. president, reminds us that progress doesn’t live in the past, but in our actions today.
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1909 – Beginning in Chicago, and growing to over 400 chapters by 1921, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has fought to abolish forced segregation, enforce the 14th and 15th Amendments, secure equal education for blacks and whites, and led a crusade against the widespread practice of lynching.
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1947 – Jackie Robinson became the first African–American to play on a major league sports team. He led the National League in stolen bases that season, earning Rookie of the Year. Robinson led the Brooklyn Dodgers to six league championships and one World Series victory. As his success and fame grew, Robinson spoke out publicly for black equality, becoming a source of pride, inspiration and hope.
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1963 – Over 250,000 people—both black and white—participated in the largest demonstration in the history of the nation’s capital. “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character,” said Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His speech served as a defining moment for the civil rights movement.
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1986 – Born in rural Mississippi, Oprah Winfrey got her start in television news before launching what is now a nationally syndicated and the highest-rated talk show in TV history. Winfrey spun her talk–show success into a one–woman empire—including acting, film and television production, and publishing. The first black female billionaire, Winfrey is also an active and enthusiastic philanthropist.
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2009 – Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th president of the United States, the first African American to hold that office. Obama discovered his civic calling in Chicago, where he worked for several years as a community organizer on the city’s largely black South Side. After studying at Harvard Law School, he began his political career in 1996 in the Illinois State Senate. Obama’s message of hope and change—inspired thousands of new voters, many young and black, to cast their vote for the first time in the historic election.
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