February is Black History Month

Here are some facts about Black History Month:

1.  According to the Library of Congress, Black History Month had its roots in Negro History Week.  In 1925, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, an African-American historian (founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History) proposed Negro History Week as a way to encourage people to learn more about black history.  February was selected because it included the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and black abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

2.  The first celebration occurred in 1926 and gave rise to black history clubs and lessons in some of the more progressive public schools.

3.  Negro History Week was renamed Black History Week in the early 1970s, and in 1976, during America’s bicentennial year, the week became an entire month of celebrations. Every February since 1976, the U.S. president issues a proclamation declaring the second month of the year Black History Month or National African American History Month.

 

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