Black History Month: Fact 1

With Black History Month being here, it’s only right to pay homage to the dedicated month to African Americans who’ve changed history; even though we shouldn’t only celebrate for just one month, this month is specifically for us folks. Sooo I will be posting facts all month long, so here goes:

FACT 1:

Carter G Woodson, known as the “Father of Black History”, was the founder of Black History Month,  which at the time was called “Negro History Week.” In February of 1927, Woodson observed the second week of February for African Americans, their history and events. In 1976, President Gerald Ford expanded the week, to the full month of February.

 

photo credit: naacp.org

 

The month was picked because it was the birthday month of Frederick Douglass, Abolitionist and Preacher; and Former Prez Abraham Lincoln who abolished slavery.

Woodson not only holds the title of “Father of Black History” for implementing the observance but also obtained a Masters Degree AND Doctorate degree, emphasizing in History. He gets much respect and deserved/deserves every bit of his title.

Keep looking out for more facts as the days go by in February.

 

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