The Origin of Black History Month

The Origin of Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration for the achievements in our black history. Black History Month began 1915, a half a century after the thirteenth amendment abolished slavery in the United States. Carter G. Woodson and minister Jesse E. Mooreland founded the association for the Study of Negro Life and History, an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by black Americans and other peoples of African descent. The group sponsored a national Negro History week in 1926, choosing the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The event inspired schools and communities nationwide to organize local celebrations, establish history clubs and host performances and lectures. By the late 1960s, thanks in part to the civil rights movement and a growing awareness of black identity, Negro History Week had evolved into Black History Month on many college campuses.