tlcBlack 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 27: This Day In Black History [PHOTOS] was originally published on blackamericaweb.com

1. John Menard

John Menard

1869: John Menard became the first black to make a speech in Congress. (Photo: Tumblr)

2. Charlotte E. Ray

Charlotte E. Ray

1872: Charlotte E. Ray graduated from Howard University School of Law on this day and became the first female admitted to the District of Columbia Bar. (Photo: NewsOne)

3. Dexter Gordon

Dexter Gordon

1923: Jazz saxophonist Dexter Gordon was born. He passed away in 1990.

4. Marian Anderson

Marian Anderson

1897: Born this day, singer Marian Anderson and one of the best American contraltos of all time. In 1955, she became the first African American singer to perform as a member of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. She passed away in April of 1993. (Photo: AP)

5. Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

1980: On this day, Michael Jackson was awarded the Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male Grammy at the 22nd annual Grammy Awards for ‘Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough’ on this day.

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