February is African American Geography Month
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To commemorate and celebrate the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent, American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week (then called “Negro History Week”) nearly a century ago. The event was first celebrated during the second week of February 1926, selected because it coincides with the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and abolitionist/writer Frederick Douglass (February 14). That week would continue to be set aside for the event until 1976 when, as part of the nation’s bicentennial, it was expanded to a month. Since then, U.S. presidents have proclaimed February as National African American History Month.
- National Council for the Social Studies
- Smithsonian Education
- National Museum of African American History & Culture
- Library of Congress
- National Archives and Records Administration
- National Civil Rights Museum
- Collection of Stories to Celebrate Black History Month (PBS)
- Black History: The Journey of Us: Explore the major milestones across Black history that have shaped the American experience. Curated with the Schomburg Center and Howard University.
- Black Histories, Black Futures-The past, present, and future of the Black experience in the United States (Google Arts and Culture)