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7 Little-Known Black History Facts

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7 Little-Known Black History Facts

7 Little-Known Black History Facts

7 Little-Known , Black History Facts.

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Shirley Chisholm, She was the first Black woman elected to Congress and survived multiple assassination attempts when she ran for President of the United States.

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John Baxter Taylor , He was the first African American to win an Olympic gold medal.

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Billie Holiday, Her song, "Strange Fruit," was originally published as a poem by Abel Meeropol, a Jewish school teacher.

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Hattie McDaniel, The first African American to win an Oscar, McDaniel wasn't allowed to attend the premiere of 'Gone with the Wind.'.

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Phillis Wheatley, At only 12 years old, she became the first published African American female author.

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Josephine Baker , The famed entertainer worked as a French Resistance spy during World War II.

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Black History Month , It was decreed a national observance in 1976 by President Gerald Ford


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