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Kayla Lloyd, Staff Writer

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Happy February! It’s Love month and Black History Month. I just want to take a moment to talk a moment. I’m going to state some facts you may not know. The month-long celebration gives all Americans a chance to reflect on the history of African Americans, from their many achievements to the struggles they endure to this day. Black History is all year round but this month we take to time to acknowledge the accomplishments of African Americans.

  • Phillis Wheatley was only 12 when she became the first female African American author published.
  • Hattie McDaniel, was the first African American to win an Oscar.
  • In 1770, Crispus Attucks, whose father was African and mother was a Nantucket Indian, became the first casualty of the American Revolution when he was shot and killed in what became known as the Boston Massacre.
  • E.B. Du Bois became the first African American to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard. He is perhaps best known for his work in founding the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1909 and helping it to become the country’s single most influential organization for African Americans.
  • Louis Latimer was the only African American engineer/scientist member of the elite Edison Pioneers research and development organization. Until Latimer’s process for making carbon filament, Edison’s light bulbs would burn only for a few minutes. Latimer’s filament burned for hours.
  • Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, an African American from Sainte-Domingue (Haiti), built the first permanent settlement in what would become Chicago in 1779.