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5 things you probably didn't know about black history

1. "Lift Every Voice and Sing" was originally a poem and was adopted as the "Black National Anthem" by the NAACP as their official theme song.

2. A stanza from “Lift Every Voice and Sing” was recited by Rev. Joseph E. Lowery during the benediction at President Barack Obama’s first inauguration in 2009.

3. While attending Harvard, Carter G. Woodson and his fraternity, Omega Psi Phi, initiated a program named Negro History and Literature Week, that turned into Black History Month.

4. Mae Carol Jemison was the first African American woman to travel into space.

5. The hair brush, lawn mower, cellphone, refrigerator and the air conditioner were all products of African American engineering.

more hidden figures

  • Hazel R. O'Leary was the first black person and woman to serve as the secretary of energy.
  • Gladys West is an African American mathematician, who was behind the creation of the GPS.
  • Lott Carey was the first to lead Baptist Missionaries to Africa from the United States in 1821.
  • Stephanie Tubbs-Jones, was the first African American woman to represent Ohio in the U.S. Congress.

5 facts about Thomas Dorsey: Composer of "take my hand, precious lord" 

  • Considered the Father of Black Gospel Music
  • His song, "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" was composed during the grief he suffered after his first wife died during childbirth and his first son died two weeks later
  • He established the 1st Black Gospel publishing company, Dorsey's House of Music
  • He was the founder and 1st president of the National Convention of Gospel Choir and Choruses
  • 1st African American elected to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame