February marks the Black History Month, a remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. What is now a month-long celebration started out as a week-long affair. In 1926, historian Carter G. Woodson initiated the “Negro History Week” in West Virginia. It was held on the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of the two Americans who greatly influenced the lives and social condition of African Americans: former President Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist Frederick Douglass.
Black History Month aims to recognize the African American impact on society, history, heritage and culture.