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How Well Do You Know These Facts About Black History?

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    Halle Berry was the first African-American woman to win an Academy Award for Best Actress. Dorothy Dandridge was the first black woman to be nominated for the Best Actress category. Mo'Nique won her Oscar for the Best Supporting Actress category, and although Hattie McDaniel was the first black woman to win an Oscar, it was also for the Best Supporting Actress category.

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    Beverly Johnson became the first African-American woman to grace the cover of American Vogue in August 1974.

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    Audre Lorde, a fierce women's rights activist and outspoken queer writer, is the woman who once said this quote.

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    President Lyndon B. Johnson signed this act into law in July 1964. Its main purpose was to enforce constitutional right of every American the to vote, as well as ban workplace discrimination.

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    Althea Gibson was the first woman to win the Wimbledon title in 1957. She made her mark on the tennis court years before the Williams sisters and years before the world knew of Billie Jean King.

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    "Lift Every Voice and Sing" is the alternative title of the "Black National Anthem," and it was written by civil rights activist James Weldon Johnson.

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    Bayard Rustin is an often overlooked person when the discussion of the civil rights movements arises, but he was a key advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King and one of the most important people in organizing the March on Washington in August 1963.

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    Vanessa L. Williams became the first black woman to win the title of Miss America in 1983. Since then, she has gone on to act in both film and television, and she's released multiple albums over the years.

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    Juneteenth signifies when the majority of slaves in Austin, Texas, found out they had been emancipated. Communication was slow during the antebellum period, and there wasn't an exact date on which every one found out about freedom, which is why the holiday was christened "Juneteenth."

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    Charles Drew is best known for creating blood banks. He's the reason that the American Red Cross blood bank exists today.

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    Zora Neale Hurston, author of the classic novel "Their Eyes Were Watching God," once said this quote.

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    Gwendolyn Brooks was the first black woman to win a Pulitzer Prize, one of the highest literary honors.

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    "The Nat King Cole Show" debuted in November 1956, making Nat King Cole the first black man to have his own show on network television.

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    Guin Bluford became the first African-American to go into space when he boarded the Challenger spacecraft in August 1983.

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    Released in 1982, Michael Jackson's classic album "Thriller" remains the best-selling album of all time.

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    The Greensboro Four attended North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. The four men are known for organizing nonviolent sit-ins, which began a chain reaction in the Triad area to promote racial equality.

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    Black History Month began as Negro History Week, all thanks to Carter G. Woodson. It was only in 1976 that the celebration became a monthlong honoring of black achievement.

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