February is Black History Month. A month observing the celebrations and achievements of African Americans in the United States. It was back in 1915 when the lack of recognition and accomplishments of Black people drove Historian Carter G. Woodson, co-founder of the Study of Negro Life and History, to ultimately make this day a reality. Through his efforts, Woodson was able to declare the second week of February as “Negro History Week” to recognize the contributions of Africans to U.S. history.
That week was chosen in honor of Frederick Douglass, an abolitionist who pushed for the abolition of slavery, and for former President Abraham Lincoln, who led the United States during the Civil War. The Civil War was primarily fought over the enslavement of Black people in the country. Many schools and leaders began recognizing it the week after its creation.
The month-long event became official in 1976 when U.S. President Gerald Ford extended the recognition to “honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” The event has been celebrated ever since. It honors all Black people from all periods of U.S. history, from the enslaved people first brought to the country in the early 17th century to African Americans living in the United States today.
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