Black History Month 2021
As we come to the end of February, we would like to remember all of the great Black contributors to society. While we don’t have the space to recount all of the legends, we can note those who have birthdays this month. Here are some great names to remember during Black History Month.
Famous Black People Born During Black History Month
- Nina Simone. Born on February 21, 1933, as Eunice Kathleen Waymon. This North Carolina native was an influential singer-songwriter during the 1960s & ’70s. Simone was an important figure in the R&B, gospel, and folk scene. With songs such as “Mississippi Goddam”, her tunes are the soundtrack for the Civil Rights movement.
- Rosa Parks. Born on February 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama. She is rightfully deemed “the first lady of the civil rights movement” for her infamous bus bravery as well as being a life-long activist.
- Bob Marley. Born on February 6, 1945, in Nine Mile, Jamaica. This peaceful activist sang about peace & love which became the standard motto for hippies. His reggae music brought people of all races together.
- Michael B. Jordan. Born on February 9, 1987, in Santa Ana, California. Black Panther’s cousin had 3,000 prosthetic scars carefully placed on his body for the Marvel movie. Also, he was named Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine in November 2020.
Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger in “Black Panther”.
- Rihanna. Born on February 20, 1988, in Saint Michael, Barbados. This beautiful musician has been singing for 20 years. Although super famous, she’s still humble and continuously supports her hometown.
- Uzo Aduba. Born on February 10, 1981, in Boston, Maryland. She plays Suzanne Warren in the Netflix series, “Orange Is The New Black.” As someone with an ethnic name, she encourages others to embrace traditional African names. On that note, she also insists on pronouncing Black names correctly.
- Jasmine Tooks. Born on February 1, 1991, in Huntington Beach, California. This black beauty is a model as well as a Victoria’s Secret Angel.
- Michael Jordan. Born on February 17, 1963, in Brooklyn, New York. The MV basketball player of all time played from 1984-1998 for the Chicago Bulls. Then, he played for the Washington Wizards from 2001-2003 before retiring. He is now the owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets.
- Dr. Dre. Born on February 18, 1965, in Compton, California. Andre Romelle Young is of the most OG rappers. He heavily influenced future rappers, such as Eminem and Kendrick Lamar. Today, people are still buying his Beats headphones.
Dr. Dre (right) with Ice Cube (left).
While racial equality has come a long way, we still aren’t done yet. We still remember those who have been wronged. But, we celebrate those who made an impact on the ongoing Civil Rights Movement. Additionally, we celebrate the Black Excellence that nourishes our youth today. Happy Black History Month 2021, and happy birthday to those with February birthdays!
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