Black History Month

Black History Month celebrates African-Americans' contributions to American history and development. The month-long affair was the brainchild of distinguished black historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson, who established "Negro History Week" in 1926. Woodson chose the second week of February because it marked the births of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, two influential figures in Black history.  In 1976, President Ford issued the first Message of Observance of Black History Month. Ten years later, Congress designated February "National Black (Afro-American) History Month."

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This Day in Black History: Aug. 11, 1965

The Watts riots began on Aug. 11, 1965.

Despite Segregation, Black High Schools Did Big Things

Before public schools were integrated, there were all-Black high schools in major American cities that were known for academic excellence and turning out stellar graduates.

School Segregation Then and Now: Has Much Changed?

Sixty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that segregation of public schools was illegal in the case of Brown v. Board of Education. Take a look at how school districts handled desegregation efforts since then.

16 Black Environmentalists You Should Know

These high-profile Black environmentalists are the leading voices against eco-injustice nationwide. Meet them.

This Day in Black History: April 15, 1947

Jackie Robinson helped to break the color barrier in major league baseball.

This Day in Black History: March 21, 1986

Debi Thomas became the first Black woman to win the Women's World Figure Skating Championship on March 21, 1986.
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