For 80 years, the month that contains both Abraham Lincoln's birthday (February 12) and the presumed birthday of Frederick Douglass (February 14) has also honored the contributions and achievements of African Americans throughout U.S. history.
The celebration was the brainchild of historian, writer and journalist
Dr. Carter G. Woodson. The Harvard graduate is considered the father of black history. In 1926, he proposed that Negro History Week be celebrated during the second week in February. Fifty years later it expanded to become the entire month.
For more on the rich heritage of African Americans, check out the library’s African American history research guide. Also, join us for a full month of African American History Month activities at our library branches. For a schedule, click here.
Want to test your knowledge of African American history trivia? Do you know which African American inventor also published a farmer’s almanac? We’ll give you the answer next time.