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.

Woodson was dismayed at the amount of negligence meted out to the African-Americans who had contributed tremendously to the American society. Born to slave parents, he was determined to bring the contributions of blacks to the fore. Even though blacks were a part of America for many centuries, their contributions were appreciated and accepted only in the 20th century thanks to Woodson’s tireless efforts.

Carter Woodson spent his childhood and completed his under graduation in Kentucky. He later moved over to Harvard and earned the prestigious Ph.D. degree making him one of the few blacks to hold this coveted distinction. Having a doctorate in History, he found it alarming and disturbing that the contributions of blacks to the American culture and society was largely ignored by historians and researchers. The Blacks were portrayed as inferior sections of the society and were not given due importance. He therefore decided to write numerous books and release journals highlighting the rich contributions of blacks. He also established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in 1915. He chose February to celebrate the contributions of blacks. This month was specifically chosen to honor famous people like Abraham Lincoln, W.E.B DuBois who were born in the same month.

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Why-Do-We-Celebrate-Black-History-Month      Black History Month is celebrated in the month of February all over America. Carter G. Woodson, a historian and professor established the Negro History Week in 1926 to commemorate the efforts and hard work of African Americans to the American society. In 1976, the revelry was extended for the entire month and celebrated all over America. More..

 


 

 

 
   
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