Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, is an annual celebration in the United States and Canada, as well as in a few other countries. Celebrated in February, it highlights the accomplishments and struggles of African-Americans throughout history, as well as the struggles they face in the modern world. These struggles have been ongoing for centuries, but Black History Month has only received attention relatively recently. So what is the history behind Black History Month?
When first conceptualized by Carter G. Woodson in 1926, the time of recognition was originally Black History Week. Woodson was a historian and the founder of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History. He proposed that the second week of February become known as "Negro History Week," coinciding with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Both of these historical figures fought against slavery, so it seemed the logical date for the recognition of African-American History.
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