About Black History Month
Black History Month is an
annual celebration to remember and learn more about the
history and culture of black americans and their contributions to the history of the United States of America as well as Canada. Before Black History Month, Black Americans were mentioned rarely in history books, and mostly only as slaves. Black History Month became a time to celebrate them for their acheivments. A similar holiday is celebrated in the United Kingdom in October.
The Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH) was started in 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson and Rev. Jesse E. Moorland. They wanted to bring awareness to the contributions of African Americans in U.S. and world history. In 1920, Negro History and Literature Week was started by the fraternity, Omega Psi Phi. Woodson changed the name to Negro History Week in 1926. February was chosen because it was the birth month of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. In 1976 it was extended to a month and called Black History Month.
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