Why Do We Celebrate Black History Month?
From the desk of the Eddie Mae Herron Center:
February is Black History Month! The Eddie Mae Herron Center has several informational and entertaining programs planned for the community during this coming February.
Black History Month is an annual celebration of the history and culture of African Americans in the United States. The precursor to Black History Month was actually created in 1926 when Carter G. Woodson and his organization, called the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, announced the second week of February as “Negro History Week”. The second week of February was chosen because it coincided with the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and of Frederick Douglass on February 14.
Carter Woodson was an African American historian, author and journalist. He was the second African American to receive a doctorate from Harvard, after W.E.B. Du Bois. He was one of the very first scholars to recognize the importance of studying African American history. To this day, he is referred to as the “Father of Black History”.
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