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Black History Month

Black History Month celebrates the African American experience.

Black History Month celebrates the many accomplishments that have been made by African Americans and people of African descent from around the world. It recognizes the fact that people of African descent have had positive roles in every aspect of human life throughout history.

In 1926, Carter G. Woodson, an African American historian, established Negro History Week to educate people about the experiences of negroes in America. Woodson, known as the "Father of Black History" highlighted the accomplishments, strengths, and the historical importance of African Americans, notably how they persevered and survived the harsh realities of slavery and it's aftermath.

February was chosen because several prominent people who championed the cause of African American freedom were born in the month such as Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Hiram Rhoades.

Many people think of Africans and African Americans as historically irrelevant, but if you become a student of the true history of the world, you will learn that African Americans and people of African descent have played a large role in shaping the world as we know it.

Notable people of African descent can be found throughout the Bible,  in the histories of ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, the British Empire, the founding and building of the United States of America, and in present day world events.

Barack Obama, the first African American to be elected President of the United States, is a shining example of the intelligence, skills, and willpower that people of color possess and exhibit in all segments of society.

Black History Month is celebrated in the United States and Canada during the month of February. It is also celebrated in other countries such as Great Britain, Brazil, Cuba, Argentina, and Germany. In other countries, Black History Month may be celebrated in a month other than February.

From Negro History Week, the whole month of February was officially designated as the time to celebrate all aspects of African American history. President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history."

During Black History Month, individual blacks are recognized for their accomplishments. Many blacks have achieved phenomenal success as politicians, teachers, businessmen, writers, scientists, athletes, inventors, and entertainers.

Other high profile black leaders, past and present, include Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Frederick Douglass, Malcolm X, Jesse Jackson, Maxine Waters, John Conyers, Ralph Bunche, Douglas Wilder, Tom Bradley, David Dinkins, Harold Ford, Condoleezza Rice, W. E. B. DuBois, Colin Powell, Harold Washington, Al Sharpton, Thurgood Marshall, Kwesi Mfume, Shirley Chisholm, Clarence Thomas, Angela Davis, and Andrew Young.

The people mentioned above are just a small number of African Americans who have contributed to the rich legacy American history and culture. Black History Month celebrates the African American experience in it's entirety.

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