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Bill Cosby, Jesse Jackson And John H. Johnson: Black History Photo Of The Day (PHOTO)

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John H. Johnson, publisher of Jet and Ebony magazines, left, and actor Bill Cosby, center, join the Rev. Jesse Jackson at a benefit reception for Operation PUSH, in Chicago, Ill., on April 1, 1982. (AP Photo) | AP

A picture is certainly worth a thousand words. What better way to celebrate Black History Month than by taking a moment to acknowledge the snapshots of time that represent the struggle and triumph of African-Americans through the years?

As part of our Black History Month coverage, we will be featuring one photo a day that honors years of groundbreaking achievements within the black community. These photos bring tears to our eyes, instill pride in our hearts and motivate us to carry on the legacy of strength and perseverance.

Today's photo was taken on April 1, 1982, showing publisher John H. Johnson with actor and entertainer Bill Cosby and activist Jesse Jackson at a benefit reception for Operation Push. The trio are all legendary in their own right, making major contributions to black communities and culture.

Johnson rose from meager roots in Arkansas to become the first African American on Forbes magazine's list of 400 wealthiest Americans. His publications Ebony and Jet have both served as a window into the most prevalent issues within black politics, entertainment and culture.

Cosby paved the way for African-American entertainers by becoming the first black co-star in a dramatic television series on the "I Spy" espionage series, and later broke down barriers with his widely successful sitcom "The Cosby Show."

Jackson's political involvement and career as a civil rights activist has gained him praise nationwide praise. He announced his political campaign for President of the United States in the 1984 election, making him the second African-American to mount a nationwide campaign for president.

Considering their accomplishments, there's no doubt this is truly a snapshot of a triple threat.

Take a look at the photo and share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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