Today In Black History: Carter G. Woodson & More

Carter G. Woodson was an Black historian, author, journalist and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. He created Negro History Week on February 7, 1926. In 1976 it became Black History Month. He was one of the first scholars to study Black History. He is the second Black to earn a Ph.D. He was a founder of Journal of Negro History and is known as the Father of Black History.

Joseph Hayne Rainey was born into slavery in Georgetown, South Carolina.  His father was able to buy his family’s freedom, and young Joseph followed his father into a successful business as a barber.  When the Civil War broke out, Rainey escaped to Bermuda with his family.  Returning to Georgetown in 1866, he entered Republican party politics.  In 1870, he was elected to fill a vacant seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, created when that body refused to seat his predecessor.  This made Rainey the first Black to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.  He was reelected to the next four congresses.

Comedian Chris Rock was born February 7, 1965 in South Carolina.

Heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson marries actress Robin Givens February 7, 1988.