Unsung Heroes of Black History
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Black History Month and the NAACP:
Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face.
- Carol Moseley Braun
Every year during the month of February, we celebrate Black History Month.
For members of the NAACP family, the tradition of Black History Month goes back to the beginning of the 20th Century. NAACP leader and legendary historian and educator Carter G. Woodson originally founded “Negro History Week” in 1926, at a time when most history books simply omitted any African-American history and the central role African-Americans played in the birth of America as we know it. Woodson chose February because it coincided with the birthdays of two men who fought for freedom of American slaves: Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.
In 1976, Negro History Week was expanded to Black History Month. Since then, Black History Month has offered an opportunity to study, reflect on, and redefine our ongoing legacy in American history.
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