Black History Month
Today, I am quoting from the History Channel Club's January 25, 2011 newsletter introducing the origins of "Black History Month" to kick off our own Connections entries for February 2011.
"Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson was determined to raise awareness of African Americans' contributions to civilization by founding the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH) in 1915. Known today as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the group sponsored a national Negro History Week in 1926, choosing the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The response was overwhelming, and by Woodson's death in 1950, Negro History Week had become a central part of African American life and the celebration