Each February in the United States, we celebrate African American History Month and recognize the contributions of black Americans across politics, sports, the arts and other realms. Most students can recite the names and accomplishments of Jackie Robinson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., President Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey, but African American History Month serves as an opportunity to go beyond the most famous African Americans and learn about the contributions of those less well known — people like Ida B. Wells, an investigative journalist and civil rights activist; Hattie McDaniel who was the first African American woman to win an Oscar award for acting; and Hiram Revels who was the first person of color to serve in the US Senate.

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