Brush up on your black history: 10 good-to-know facts, anecdotes

From origins of NAACP to Obama, we’re filling you in on key groups, names

Retired astronaut Mae C. Jemison delivers a speech as she visits a research center of DuPont Company in 2005 in Shanghai, China (China Photos/Getty Images).
Retired astronaut Mae C. Jemison delivers a speech as she visits a research center of DuPont Company in 2005 in Shanghai, China (China Photos/Getty Images). (Getty Images)

February goes hand in hand with Black History Month, as the country celebrates, recognizes and honors the contributions of African-Americans to U.S. history.

Whether you feel like you have a strong understanding of Black history, or you’re working to learn more, we’ve assembled 10 facts, or anecdotes, from history.com, to help you grow your knowledge base.

How many of these points did you know, coming in? Let us know when you finish reading -- in the comments below.


1.) Thurgood Marshall was the man who made Supreme Court history.

Supreme Court Justice Marshall became the first African-American ever appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed him, and Marshall served from 1967 to 1991.

2.) Have you heard of John Mercer Langston?

When he passed the bar exam in Ohio in 1854, he was the first Black man to become a lawyer, history.com reminds us. One year later, Langston was elected as the town clerk of Brownhelm, Ohio -- essentially becoming one of the first African-Americans ever elected to public office in the United States.


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