Black History Month began as a week long celebration, known as Negro History Week in 1926. Dr. Carter G. Woodson, "The Father of Negro History," founded the celebration and choose the month of February for its significance (i.e. the birthday of the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass). Negro History Week was expanded to Black History Month in the 1960's. Black History Month is a time for all Americans to reflect on both the history and teachings of African Americans whose contributions are still too little known.
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