Black History Month can be traced all the way back to September of 1915. In that year, historian Carter G. Woodson and minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History – also known as the ASNLH. This organization was dedicated to researching and promoting the achievements of not only black Americans but all prominent people of African descent. This group would go on to sponsor  a  National Negro History Week in 1926. The month of February was chosen because   the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass are in that month.   After learning of this week dedicated to the achievements of black Americans, many communities around the country began to organize local celebrations. Although it didn’t immediately catch on, over the years many different cities all across the country began to recognize Negro History Week. This continued all the way into the late 1960s when Negro History Week was transformed by the Civil Rights Movement into Black History Month. However, it wasn’t until 1976 that Black History Month would be officially  recognized by the federal government. Ever since then, every American president has designated the month of February as Black History Month.




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