February is Black History Month

February is Black History Month, also known as African American History Month. In 1926, historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History) named the second week of February as “Negro History Week.” That week was chosen because the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and Frederick Douglass on February 14, had been celebrated together by black communities since the late 19th century. In 1969, Black History Month was proposed by black educators and students at Kent State University, and, since 1976, every American president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.

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