Black History Month began as Black History week in 1926.Originally the second week of February was chosen as BlackHistory Week because the birthdays of Booker T. Washington,Abraham Lincoln, and Frederick Douglass fell on that week. In 1976 , the bicentennial, Black History Week became Black History Month.
Carter Godwin Woodson isheralded as the “Father of BlackHistory” Woodson’s efforts have been successful, both in building the foundation for rethinking American identify and in the promotion of multiculturalism
Black History Month pays tribute to thecontributions of African Americans to thenations history and culture. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History selects a theme for the annual celebration, for which in 2013 is "At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington."
The efforts of civil rights activists resulted in thesigning of landmark anti-discriminationlegislation: the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
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You can also learn more about Black History Month,African-Americans who have impacted history, andAfrican-American culture in our database The AfricanAmerican Experience. The African American Experience is a digital resource to full-text content from more than 400 titles, 3,000 slave narratives, over 2000 images, 5,000 primary sources, and 250 vetted Web sites.
All images and text obtained from The African American Experience Databasethrough the Georgia Military College Library homepage.