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Black History Month originated in 1926, founded by Carter G. Woodson and was created to celebrate achievements, births, important timelines, events and to remember those we lost.

February 23: This Day in Black History  was originally published on

1. Niecy Nash

Niecy Nash

Comedian, actress and Reality TV Star, Niecy Nash, was born on this day in Palmdale, CA. She is also a spokesperson of M.A.V.I.S (Mothers Against Violence in Schools).

2. W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois

1868: Born this day W. E. B. Du Bois, a sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author and editor. After graduating from Harvard, where he was the first African American to earn a doctorate, he became a professor of history, sociology and economics at Atlanta University. Du Bois was one of the co-founders of the NAACP. He passed away in 1963. (Photo: AP)