Black History Month


about black history month

In 1915, historian and author Dr. Carter G. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History). In February 1926, Woodson and his organization initiated the first Negro History Week. 

In 1975, President Ford urged all Americans to observe Black History Week. The following year, the Association fo the Study of Negro Life and History expanded this celebration of black history to Black History Month, and President Ford followed suit.

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