Black History Month
Each year beginning on February 1, an entire month of events are planned nationwide
honoring the history and contributions of African Americans. The theme for 2017 is Crisis in Black Education.
Black History Month began in 1926 as part of an initiative by writer and educator
Dr. Carter G. Woodson who launched Negro History Week in 1926.Woodson
proclaimed that Negro History Week should always occur in the second week of February
—between the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.Since 1976, every
American president has proclaimed February as Black History Month. Today, other
countries such as Canada and the United Kingdom also devote an entire month to
celebrating black history.