Black history is American history.  The commemoration of African American History Month, or Black History Month, can trace its origins back to the 1920s, according to the  website.  Carter G. Woodson “conceived and announced Negro History Week”, which was first celebrated in February of 1926.  President Gerald R. Ford expanded it to a month in 1976, urging Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” 

To learn more, check out these websites

Smithsonian Education – Black History Month

National Park Service – African American Heritage

National Endowment for the Humanities – Black History Month

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum – Black History Month

And of course, you can also check out a book (or two or three!)


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