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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BET News: Kwame Simmons: Education Meets Innovation

Meet the man who turns schools into success stories. (3/2/2015)

Black History Month: The Interesting Stories Behind Foods We Love

In honor of Black History Month, takes a look at popular fare from across the Black diaspora and the unique stories behind them.

Obama Celebrates Black History Month, Ahead of Selma Visit

The President and First Lady paid tribute to civil rights legends and unsung American heroes during their visit.

BET News: Charles King Reigns Over New Entertainment Kingdom

A modern-day history maker ventures out on his own. (2/26/2015)

Maryland College Cancels Black History Event Over Speaker's Views on LGBT Rights, HIV

Umar Johnson has made some questionable comments about HIV and the LGBT community.
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