Black History Month

Black History Month: A look back at the past to honor the present


Black History Month was established in 1976 in order to seize the opportunity to honor accomplishments by Black Americans throughout history. As we celebrate throughout the month, we wanted to highlight a few fun dates to honor the past and present.

February 4

Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was born on this day in 1913. She was an American activist during the civil rights movement and is an icon for her pivotal role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Read more if interested: here

Born in East Harlem, Killa Cam better known by his stage name, Cam’ron was born on this day in 1976. With well known hits such as “Oh Boy” and “Hey Ma” and and legendary fits, he’s been a staple in pop culture.

February 7

In the 1987 Nestle Crunch Slam Dunk Contest, Michael Jordan shook Seattle up with his EPIC free throw line dunk.

February 9

Happy birthday to actor, film producer, and film director, Michael B. Jordan. A mogul in the making.

February 12

Bill Russell will celebrate his 87th birthday this year. For the youngins’ out there, Bill Russell was a center for the Boston Celtics from 1956 to 1969 and was the centerpiece (no pun intended) of the dynasty that won 11 NBA championships during his 13 year career. He’s also a five time MVP and a 12 time All-Star. Fun fact: On 2/14/09, former commissioner David Stern announced that the NBA Finals MVP trophy would be named the Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP Award.

February 15

Houston rapper, Megan Thee Stallion turns 26 this year. Hot Girl Meg has been on the up and up since 2016 leading the way for ladies in music industry.

February 16

The Lakers retire Magic Johnson’s #32 jersey in 1992.

If it ain’t XO then it’s gotta go. Happy birthday to singer, song writer, and record producer, Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeknd.

February 17

The GOAT turns 58 this year. That is all.

February 18

Forgot about Dre? Never. Rapper, record producer, audio engineer, record executive, entrepreneur. The list goes on. Happy Birthday Dr. Dre. The rap game just wouldn’t be the same without you.

February 20

Bad gal Riri. Is there anything Rihanna can’t do? Singer, actress, Fenty Beauty, Savage x Fenty line, some kicks and slides with PUMA. She’s making that mullet look pretty good too.. A true businesswoman in everything she does. Robyn Rihanna Fenty celebrates her 33rd birthday this year.

February 22

Happy Birthday to Hall of Famer Dr. J. Born on this date in 1950, Dr. J was one of the players that got to play in the ABA and the NBA (Virginia Squires, New York Nets, Philadelphia 76ers) and is the 8th highest scorer in ABA/NBA history with 30,026 points. He has won 3 championships, 4 MVP awards, and 3 scoring titles.

February 25

Reggie Miller becomes the first NBA player to reach 4,000 three point field goal attempts in an 81-74 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

February 28

Patrick Ewing, the first ever NBA lottery draft pick, watches as his jersey is retired before a cheering crowd at Madison Square Garden.

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