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Recognizing the Lives and Accomplishments of African American Trailblazers

Black History Month, or National African American History Month, was created in 1926 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson. In 1977, President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month, urging all Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”


In honor of Black History Month, Martin University & WHMB-40 has spotlighted numerous African American trailblazers, from civil rights leaders and activists to artists, athletes, and scientists. Each video contains insights and information about the person's life and the impact they had on their communities and the world at large.


Our videos provide insight into these individuals' lives and information about how their struggles shaped our world today. Through these videos, we hope you will gain a greater understanding of all African Americans have accomplished throughout history—and continue to accomplish today! This Black History Month, join us in honoring not only these but all of the trailblazers who helped to pave the way.




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