February Is Black History Month!

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February Is Black History Month!

A Little History...

In 1926 Dr. Carter G. Woodson founded Negro History Week. Woodson believed that national attention needed to be brought to the contribution of black people throughout American history.

The month of February was chosen because it included the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976 the weeklong holiday was extended to the month of February and renamed Black History Month. The 2010 theme for Black History Month is "The History of Black Economic Empowerment."

Celebrate Black History Month by reading an black author or by reading about black history.