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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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.

This Day in Black History: March 19, 1894

Comedienne and actor Moms Mabley was born on March 19, 1894.

This Day in Black History: March 9, 1996

Tina Turner became the spokeswoman for Hanes Hosiery on March 9, 1996.

News: Leland Melvin Is an ICON MANN of Change

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