Black History Facts

Here’s some more you guys! Happy Friday!

Fact 1: Nat King Cole was the first African American to host a network TV show in 1956.

Fact 2: On February 15, 1968, Henry Lewis became the first African American to lead a major symphony orchestra.

Fact 3: On February 15, 1979, Donna Summer’s “Last Dance” won the Best R&B Vocal Performance in the female category at the Grammy’s.

Fact 4: Boxer Joe Lewis led protests against the segregation policies of the U.S. Armed Forces while he served in the Army during World War II

Fact 5: New Jersey was the last Northern state to outlaw slavery.

Fact 6: Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team for being undersized.

Fact 7: The National Council of Negro Women is the largest women’s organization.

Fact 8:  In 1823, Alexander Lucius Twilight was the first African American to receive a college degree.

Fact 9: Although it was illegal, French Catholics in Louisiana provided education for all their workers regardless of their race.

Fact 10: In addition to finding 300 uses for the peanut, George Washington Carver came up with 118 products from sweet potatoes and 75 from pecans.

Fact 11: In 1540, the first group of the blacks to settle in Alabama were Moors. They arrived 80 years before pilgrims.


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