In honor of Black History Month, we hope you enjoy these little know facts in Black History from biography.com.
Ella Fitzgerald had a three-octave range - a range greather than most professional Opera singers.
Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall said he was punished for misbehavior in school by being forced to write copies of the Constitution. He said this later piqued his interest in politics.
Louis Armstrong bought his first coronet at the age of 7 with money he borrowed from his employers. He taught himself to play while in a home for juvenile delinquents.
In her early life, Coretta Scott King was as well known as a singer as she was as a civil rights activist. The young soprano won a scholarship to the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, where she met future husband, Martin Luther King, Jr.
Female science fiction author Octavia Butler was dyslexic. Despite her disorder, she went on to win two Hugo awards and two Nebulas for her writing.
And African-American, philanthropist, ship captain, and devout Quaker, Paul Cuffee, transported 38 free African-Americans to Sierra Leone, Africa in 1815 in the hopes of establishing Western Africa. He also founded the first integrated school in Massachusetts in 1797.
African-American fashion designer Ann Lowe designed the wedding dress of Jacqueline Bouvier, the bride of future president, Senator John F. Kennedy.
The Loew’s Grand Theater on Peachtree Street in Atlanta, Georgia, was selected to air the premiere of the film Gone with the Wind in 1939. All the black actors, including Academy Award-winner Hattie McDaniel, were barred from attending.
As a child Muhammad Ali was refused an autograph by his idol, boxer Sugar Ray Robinson. When Ali became a prize-fighter, he vowed never to deny an autograph request, which he has honored to this day.
A serious student, Condoleezza Rice entered college at the age of 15, and was an assistant professor at Standford University.
Before he became a basketball legend, Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team during his sophomore year for being undersized.
Head to Biography.com for other awesome Black History facts and interactive learning tools, such as their Black History Timeline.