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 21: This Day in Black History was originally published on blackamericaweb.com

1. Nina Simone

Nina Simone

1933: Born this day, Nina Simone, a singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist widely associated with jazz music. Simone aspired to become a classical pianist while working in a broad range of styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop. She passed away on April 21, 2003. (Photo: AP)

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