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Black History Month

Black History Month

February is Black History Month.

FOX17, MyTV30, CW58 and Safe Auto join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.

Black history month had its beginnings in 1926 in the United States, when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be "Negro History Week." This week was chosen because it marked the birthday of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Woodson created the holiday with the hope that it eventually be eliminated when black history became fundamental to American history. Negro History Week was met with enthusiastic response; it prompted the creation of black history clubs, an increase in interest among teachers, and interest from progressive whites. Negro History Week grew in popularity throughout the subsequent decades with cities across the country endorsing it as a holiday.

In 1976, the federal government acknowledged the expansion of Black History Week to Black History Month. President Gerald R. Ford urged Americans to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history." That year, fifty years after the first celebration, the association held the first African American History Month.

Learn more about Black History Month at the Library of Congress`s Black History Month Website.

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