Black history month, started by Dr. Carter G. Woodson started out as “Negro History week” in 1926. It was the same week as the birthdays of former president Abraham Lincoln and Great Orator and Abolitionist Frederick Douglas both of which days have been celebrated in Black communities since the 19th century.

Dr. Woodson seen the lack of African and indigenous history taught in schools and sought to have it added into the curriculum. Black history week was supposed to be temporary as He felt that we too are apart of American history and our story should not be separated from the rest.

40 years later Black educators at Kent state university celebrated Black history for 28 days straight and six years later president Gerald Ford recognized Black History Month at the United States Bicentennial  urging americans to “Seize the opportunity to honor the to often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout history”


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