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#SLB28Days The Origin of Black History Month

Black history has been recognized annually since 1926, first called as "Negro History Week" and later as "Black History Month." Black history barely begun to be studied or even documented when the tradition originated.  Although blacks have been in America as far back as colonial times, it was not until the 20th century where we gained a respectable presence in the history books. We owe the celebration of Black History Month, and more importantly, the study of black history, to Dr. Carter G. Woodson.
Born to parents who were former slaves, Woodson spent his childhood working in the Kentucky coal mines and didn’t enroll into high school until age 20. Graduating school within a two year span, he later went on to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard. Woodson was disturbed to find in his studies that history books largely ignored the black American population-and when blacks were mentioned, it was in ways that reflected the inferior social position we were assigned at that time period. In 1926, Woodson officially launched Negro History Week as an initiative to bring national awareness to the contributions black people made throughout American history. His first intent was to choose the second week in February for the weeklong celebration of "Negro History Week" because it marks the birthdays of two men who greatly influenced our society: Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.
As February 2016 marks the 90th anniversary of our observance of Black History Month, we should revisit Dr. Carter G Woodson’s vision of honoring those who’ve paved the way and made great strides in history. Black history is American history – and we should celebrate our achievements all year-round, not just for these short, 28 days.