Black History Month
February is Black History Month, which celebrates the contributions African Americans have made to American history in their struggles for freedom and equality, and deepens our understanding of our nation's history. Founded by historian Carter G. Woodson, Black history week was first celebrated on February 12, 1926, to commemorate and celebrate the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent. The month of February was chosen to coincide with the birthdays of abolitionist and editor Frederick Douglass, and Abraham Lincoln. During the U.S. bicentennial in 1976, Black history week was expanded to a month-long celebration. Since then, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.