The month of February is designated as Black, or African American, History month.
As I reflect on my first awareness of black contributions to America, I am reminded of Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson (1875-1950), considered the “Father of Black History,” who wanted to incorporate the accomplishments of “colored” or “Negro” Americans into the curricula of schools across the country. In 1922, he wrote “The Negro in Our History.” In 1926, to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, Woodson proposed a week of celebration of the history of the American Negro in the United States.
This began the annual Black History Week in many schools in this country. In 1976, during the celebration of America’s Bicentennial, the U.S. government officially expanded Black History Week to Black History Month.