Black History Month
Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history.
Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also celebrate Black History Month. The story of Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States.
Black History Month started in 1926 as Black History Week, founded by Carter G. Woodson. He dedicated the second week of February to celebrate Black History. He chose the second week because it encompassed the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass who were symbols of freedom. This week provided a special time for Black people to unite and celebrate their racial pride. It was also a time to assess white America’s commitment to its claimed ideals of freedom.