All About the Holidays: Black History Month

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(male narrator) The month of February is designated as Black History Month, honoring the important role African-Americans play in the story of the United States. It began as a weeklong celebration in 1926, organized by historian Carter G. Woodson and others. It coincides with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass, a brilliant orator who escaped slavery and dedicated his life working to stop it, and President Abraham Lincoln, who issued the Emancipation Proclamation during the Civil War, leading to the end of slavery in the U.S. Others who fought to end slavery include Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman. Woodson's idea caught on. Schools and communities around the country organized celebrations, started history clubs, and hosted events to learn more about black history and culture. The Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s sparked greater interest in the accomplishments of notable African-Americans who excelled in all areas of life despite obstacles and hardships, like scientist George Washington Carver, educator Mary McLeod Bethune, baseball great Jackie Robinson, entertainer Oprah Winfrey, and President Barack Obama. Black history is American history. Black History Month is a special time to focus on and learn more about black culture and people of African descent who have made American life richer. How is Black History Month celebrated in your school or community?


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The month of February honors the important role African-Americans play in the story of the United States. Across the United States, schools and communities organize to learn more about African-American history and culture. Part of the “All About the Holidays” series.

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