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 9: This Day in Black History  was originally published on

1. Paul Laurence Dunbar

Paul Laurence Dunbar

1906: Paul Laurence Dunbar, widely acknowledged as the first important black poet in American literature, passed away on this day. He was born in 1872 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo: YouTube)