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Red text has been filmed. Blue text has been edited, but not filmed. Black text has not been edited. February 3rd Good morning Sherwood it’s Dr.Minus and February 1st marked the beginning of Black History Month! Every day this month we will be highlighting the central role that African Americans have played in U.S. history. This month of celebration has its roots in 1926 when historian Carter G. Woodson chose the second week of February to celebrate the contributions of African Americans throughout our country's history. This week was significant because it coincides with the birthday of someone who was pivotal to abolitionism: Frederick Douglass. February held other events of historical value, too, such as the birth of civil rights leader W.E.B. DuBois and the passing of the 15th Amendment, which gave African Americans the right to vote. African American communities had already celebrated these dates since the end of the Civil War. However, it wasn’t until 1976 that the contributions of African Americans were officially recognized when President Gerald Ford declared February Black History Month. This is why we will continue the celebration every day this month. Have a great rest of your week and One Sherwood. February 4th Hey Sherwood, I’m *Name,* and here's your Black History Month fact of the day! Alice Ball was an African American chemist who developed an injectable herbal extract that was the most effective treatment for leprosy during the early 20th century. Ball was the first woman and the first African American to graduate from the University of Hawaii with a master’s degree in chemistry. Ball later became the University’s first female chemistry professor. Unfortunately, Ball’s promising career was cut short due to her untimely death at the age of 24. And that was your Black History Month fact of the day. Have a great morning and one Sherwood! February 5th Hey Sherwood, I’m *Name,* and here's your Black History Month fact of the day! Charles Hamilton Houston was a black lawyer who helped play a role in dismantling the Jim Crow laws and helped train future Supreme Court justice, Thurgood Marshall. Serving as a professor of English and First Lieutenant in the U. S. Infantry Houston entered Harvard Law School. He was the first black editor of the Harvard Law Review. As a lawyer, he played a role in nearly every civil rights case before the Supreme Court between 1930 and Brown v. Board of Education (1954). He was known as “The Man Who Killed Jim Crow.”
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