African American History Month February

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Black History Month is observed every year in February. It is a month that is dedicated to the reminiscence of the history of African Americans in the United States (although in recent years, many other countries have also begun to observe it). Additionally, it is a time that is used to celebrate the achievements of African Americans throughout history, and to highlight the revolutions that were spear-headed by African Americans who sought to make a difference for their communities. Carter G. Woodsen, the co-founder of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, was one of the pioneers that argued for the importance of a specified time that was dedicated to the history of African Americans. Woodson was quoted to have said "If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated."

Black History Month "was first celebrated during a week in February 1926 that encompassed the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The response was overwhelming: Black history clubs sprang up; teachers demanded materials to instruct their pupils; and progressive whites, not simply white scholars and philanthropists, stepped forward to endorse the effort." -- from AfricanAmericanHistoryMonth.gov

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