February 5

February 5, 1934 – Hank Aaron

One of America’s greatest baseball players, Henry Louis “Hank Aaron” was born February 5, 1934 in Mobile,  Alabama.  The baseball Hall of Famer held the Major League Baseball record 33 years with 755 career home runs.

Hank Aaron - Baseball HOF Induction 2013

Hank Aaron – Baseball HOF Induction 2013

Nicknamed the “Hammer” or “Hammerin Hank”, with his MLB record, it isn’t difficult to figure how he got the nicknames.  His professional career lasted from 1954 to 1976.  Aaron spent the first 21 years with the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves and the last two years with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Hank Aaron 1960

Hank Aaron 1960

Aaron amidst racist death threats for getting ready to pass Babe Ruth’s home run record, broke the record with 715 home runs on April 8, 1974 for the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta Fulton County Stadium against the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Since his retirement, Aaron has worked in the Front Office of the Atlanta Braves.

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.