February is annual Black History Month and it celebrates the achievements by black Americans. Scroll through the page to read up on the origins of Black History Month and see some of the important figures that played a role in African American history.
HOW DID BLACK HISTORY MONTH BEGIN?
- The story of Black History Month began in September of 1915, the Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by black Americans and other peoples of African descent. The ASALH sponsored a national Negro History week in 1926, choosing the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.
- By the late 1960s, thanks in part to the Civil Rights Movement, Negro History Week had transformed into Black History Month. President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976.
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