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Black History Month Firsts
African Americans have played an important part in American history.  Here is a look back at the firsts:

In 1908, boxer Jack Johnson became the first African-American World Heavyweight Champion.  Johnson held the belt until 1915.  More facts after the jump.
Today In Black History
Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty ImagesIn 1997, model Tyra Banks became the first-ever African-American on the cover of the Victoria's Secret lingerie catalog.
Today In Black History
1865: The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery, was adopted by the 38th Congress. Ratification was completed December 6, 1865.