Celebrating Black History Month

Since being recognized by the U.S. government in 1976, every February has been dedicated to celebrating Black History Month, which highlights the achievements of black Americans and the central role African Americans play in U.S. history. Here are some facts you may not have known about the month!

  • Canada (1987) and the UK (1995) also celebrate Black History Month, but the UK celebrates it in October.
  • Black History Month originated from “Negro History Week”, which was established in 1926 by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.
  • The ASALH, then known as the ASNLH, was founded in 1915 by Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and prominent minister Jess E. Moorland.
  • The President in office that officially recognized Black History Month in 1976 was Gerald R. Ford.

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