What Is The Significance Of Black History Month ?  

Black History Month is celebrated every year in the month of February. The history of its celebrations dates back to 1926 when it was celebrated for a week. In 1976, it was extended for an entire month. Carter Godwin Woodson is the Founder of Negro History Week, which later became Black History Month.

Woodson was born in New Canton, Virginia on 19 December 1875. He finished his under graduation in Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. He then completed his post graduation from University of Chicago. He holds the distinct position of having earned a Doctorate degree in History from the prestigious Harvard University in 1912, a distinction that was extremely rare among African-Americans.

Woodson had multiple merits against his name. He was a historian, an author, a professor and the founder of the Negro History Week. He chose February to commemorate the contributions of two great American men, Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass who were born in the same month. He worked as a professor at Harvard University. He was also a Dean of Liberal Arts at the Howard’s university. Later on, he became the Dean at West Virginia State College.

The Black History Month was celebrated to honor and acknowledge the contributions of numerous African Americans. Listed below are a few such famous personalities:

  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Frederick Douglass
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Duke Ellington
  • Phillis Wheatley
  • Hattie McDaniel
  • Charles Drew
  • Medgar Evers
  • John H. Johnson
  • W. E. B. DuBois
  • Maya Angelou
  • Dr. Benjamin Carson

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When-Did-Black-History-Month-Start      Carter Godwin Woodson is the founder of Black History Month. Initially called Black History Week in the year 1926, the celebrations were extended for the entire month of February from 1976 onwards. This was to honor and pay tributes to the Blacks who helped shape America’s history, culture, tradition and society. More..

 


 

 

 
   
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