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)
The following are made possible by the invaluable responses to the
U.S. Census Bureau’s surveys.