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: 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.

Black Women Leaders Talk About the Power of Education

First Lady Michelle Obama hosts intergenerational panel of women civil rights leaders.

BET News: Jeff Johnson: Man of Honor

Jeff Johnson traces his rise from activist to commentator. (2/23/2015)

This Day in Black History: Feb. 21, 1965

Human rights activist Malcolm X was assassinated on Feb. 21, 1965.

First Lady: Education Is Most Important Civil Rights Issue

Michelle Obama pushes education at White House Black History Month event.
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