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 20: This Day in Black History  was originally published on

1. Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

1895: Frederick Douglass died on this day. He was an American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman. After escaping from slavery, he became a leader of the abolitionist movement, gaining note for his dazzling oratory and incisive antislavery writing. (Photo: AP)