Black History Month

Today marks the first business day of Black History Month. We do have the shortest month of the year so it’s important for us to highlight all the achievements, inventions, records, and good things we as people have over the years!

Here are some interesting black history facts for today:

After African-American performer Josephine Baker expatriated to France, she famously smuggled military intelligence to French allies during World War II. She did this by pinning secrets inside her dress, as well as hiding them in her sheet music.

Allensworth is the first all-black Californian township, founded and financed by African Americans. Created by Lieutenant Colonel Allen Allensworth in 1908, the town was built with the intention of establishing a self-sufficient city where African Americans could live their lives free of racial prejudice.

The parents of actress Halle Berry chose their daughter’s name from Halle’s Department Store, a local landmark in her birthplace of Cleveland, Ohio. She was the first black woman to win an Oscar for “Best Actress.”

Before becoming a professional musician, Chuck Berry studied to be a hairdresser.

Chuck Berry’s famous “duck walk” dance originated in 1956, when Berry attempted to hide wrinkles in his trousers by shaking them out with his now-signature body movements.

Though he is of Caribbean ancestry and had a trailblazing smash with his 1956 album Calypso, Harry Belafonte was actually born in the United States. The internationally renowned entertainment icon and human rights activist is from Harlem, New York.

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