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 http://africanamericanhistorymonth.gov/about/  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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