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February is Black History Month in US

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February 1, 2007 | bpfna

In 1926, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, a Harvard scholar, organized the first "Negro History Week" in an effort to raise awareness of the important contributions of African Americans in US history. Woodson spent much of his life seeing to it that "the world see the Negro as a participant rather than as a lay figure in history."

Early on, the observance occurred in the second week of February, to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, both of whom had greatly impacted the Black population in their days. The event expanded over the years, growing into what we now know as "Black History Month".


Suggested reading:

A Guide to the US Black Freedom Movement/The Struggle for Racial Justice in Canada and the US

by Michael L. Westmoreland-White


Two volumes in one book, this resource for teachers, youth ministers, parents and others is intended to counteract the popular media image of the civil rights movement. With respect for Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., and other prominent figures, Westmoreland-White offers a deeper understanding of the movement, the organizations, and the thousands of people who struggled in numerous contexts across the nation in search of "Beloved Community".

Available in the BPFNA Resource Catalogue



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