First Day of Black History Month

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First Day of Black History Month
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First Day of Black History Month

February marks Black History Month, an annual observance originating in the United States that spans four weeks. This celebration highlights the significant contributions of African-Americans to society over the past 400 years. The historical significance and importance of African-American contributions were overlooked by both historians and the general public until the early 20th century. Carter G. Woodson, often regarded as the father of Black history, initiated the first celebrations of Black history during the second week of February in 1926. This week coincided with the birthdays of two pivotal figures in the abolition of slavery in America—President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Over time, the one-week celebration expanded into a month, and today, we honor Black History Month, recognizing and commemorating the profound impact of African-Americans on the world.