February 18

February 18, 2006 – Shani Davis Wins Gold

On February 18, 2006 in Turin, Italy, Shani Davis became the first African American to win a Gold medal in an individual Winter Olympics.

Shani Davis 2010

Shani Davis with 2010 Olympic Medals.

Among many other accomplishments, Davis won the 2005 World Allround Championships in Moscow, Russia.  He won Gold and Silver medals in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada.  Davis was born on August 13, 1982 in Chicago, Illinois.  He was raised by his mother on the southside of Chicago where as a small child he excelled in roller-skating.  He eventually transferred his talents to the ice and began to lay the foundation which would lead to his becoming one of the world’s top skaters.  At the early age of only seventeen he became the first American skater to earn spots on both the short track and long track Junior World Team.2013 WSDC Sochi - Shani Davis

 

Tribute To Black History Month

December 19, 1875 – April 3, 1950 – Carter Godwin Woodson

Carter G Woodson portrait

Dr. Carter G. Woodson

Dr. Carter G. Woodson  began “Negro History Week” the forerunner to Black History Month. Dr. Woodson was a noted, historian, journalist, author and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.