Black History Month originated in 1926, founded by Carter G. Woodson and was created to celebrate achievements, births, important timelines, events and to remember those we lost.

February 1: This Day in Black History was originally published on

1. Langston Hughes

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1902: Playwright and Poet Langston Hughes was born on this day in Joplin, Missouri. He published his first poem in 1921 and his first book in 1926. He went on to write countless works of poetry, prose, plays as well as a popular column for the Chicago Defender. He passed away on May 22, 1967.