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February is Black History Month

WHAT is Black History

Black History Month - February 1st to 28th – is a time to commemorate achievements.

“Negro History Week” was established in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, an NAACP leader, educator and historian, to recognize the central role Blacks played in the development of the United States. The second week of February was chosen to coincide with the birthdays of abolitionist Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, the federal government expanded the celebration to Black History Month.

Click links to view or download the Black History Month Timeline, which illustrates significant dates in U.S. Black history and major historic figures, and Black History Month Facts & Figures, which provides available data as well as information on areas where Blacks are making significant progress in the United States and where major opportunities remain.

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