Thursday, February 18, 2010

Black History Month

Historian Carter Woodson is given credit for starting Black History Month in 1926. He decided that black people needed to be honored for their contributions to the United States. He came up with Black History Week, which was the second week in February. Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln's birthdays were in February, and he believed both of these men had a major impact on the black population. Black History Week eventually evolved into what is now Black History Month, celebrated in February each year.

We celebrate the many contributions of African Americans and remember the legacy of great Americans like Dr Martin Luther King Jr, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Benjamin Banneker, Mary McLeod Bethune, Sojourner Truth, and many more. We also honor Barack Obama, the first black President of the United States of America.

Are you working on a report or a biography for Black History Month? Do you need to get information and pictures? Come to your Library today! We have books and information to help you with your report. We will be happy to assist you. In the meantime, here are some sites to visit.

The Black Collegian Online The career site for students of color

Biography A&E Television's Biography site

The History Channel

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