History of Black History Month

CNN.com had an article today about the beginning of Black History Month. Dr. Carter G. Woodson is considered to be a pioneer in the study of African American history. He established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. In 1926, he developed Negro History Week. Woodson believed that “the achievements of the Negro properly set forth will crown him as a factor in early human progress and a maker of modern civilization.” In 1976, the year I graduated from college, it was expanded to Black History Month.

We should emphasize not Negro History, but the Negro in history. What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religious prejudice.
                                     – Dr. Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950) on founding Negro History Week, 1926

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