Black History Month interesting facts

1. Phillis Wheatley was only 12 when she became the first female African American author published.

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2. Martin Luther King Jr  improvised the most iconic part of his “I Have a Dream” speech.

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3. Hattie McDaniel, the first African American to win an Oscar, wasn’t allowed to attend Gone With the Wind‘s national premiere.

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4. The ban on interracial marriage in the U.S. was overturned because of one couple in 1967.

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5. Matthew Henson was a key member of the first successful expedition to the North Pole and made seven separate voyages to the Arctic.

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6. Madam C.J. Walker was an African American entrepreneur who became America’s first female self-made millionaire.

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7. Billie Holiday’s famous “Strange Fruit” was originally a poem written by a school teacher.

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8. Benjamin Banneker taught himself astronomy and math to become America’s “First Known African American Man of Science”

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9.Arthur Ashe remains the only African-American male tennis player to win Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, or Australian Open.

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10. Usain Bolt is the most successful athlete of the World Championships, he was the first athlete to win four World Championship titles in the 200 m and is the joint-most successful in the 100 m with three titles. Bolt currently holds the 100 m (9.58s) and 200 m (19.19s) world record.

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Information taken from http://www.explorethearchive.com/black-history-month-facts and http://www.wikipedia.com

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