02/24/2013 11:54 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Hattie McDaniel: Black History Photo Of The Day (PHOTO)

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 in 1945, as actress Hattie McDaniel showcases her Academy Award of Merit for Outstanding Achievement. McDaniel won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role of Mammy in 'Gone With The Wind', making her the first African-American to win an Academy Award.

McDaniel paved the way for future actresses like Whoopi Goldberg and Hallie Berry, who went on to become the first black women to win an Oscar for Best Leading Actress in 2002.

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

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