This Is How February Became Black History Month


“It was in 1964 when the author James Baldwin reflected on the shortcomings of his education. ‘Then I was going to school,’ he said, ‘I began to be bugged by the teaching of American history because it seemed that that history had been taught without cognizance of my presence.’

Baldwin’s thoughts echoed those of many before and after him. Half a century earlier, when Carter G. Woodson had the same frustration, he set the foundation for what would become today’s national Black History Month, observed each February…

…In 1926, Woodson and the ASALH launched a ‘Negro History Week’ to bring attention to his mission and help school systems coordinate their focus on the topic. Woodson chose the second week in February, as it encompassed both Frederick Douglass’ birthday on February 14 and Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on February 12.”

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