About this guide:
In 1926, in response to the lack of information on the accomplishments of Black people available to the public, historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History declared the second week of February as “Negro History Week” to recognize the contributions of African Americans to U.S. history.
Why this week out of all the others?
Because it includes the birthdays of both Frederick Douglass, an abolitionist—someone who wanted to end the practice of enslaving people—and former U.S. president Abraham Lincoln, who led the United States during the Civil War that was primarily fought over the enslavement of Black people in the country.
Eventually, this week-long event became Black History Month in 1976, as designated by U.S. President Gerald Ford. Download the 2023 Black History Month Newsletter to learn more about significant places and times in Black History.