African-American History Month dates back to 1926 with Dr. Carter G. Woodson who suggested celebrating a “Negro History Week” to correspond with both Abraham Lincoln’s and Frederick Douglass’ birthdays. In 1976 it was expanded to include the entire month of February.
The son of slaves who worked in Kentucky coal mines as a child, Woodson went to high school when he was 20. He later earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He suggested the celebration after he discovered how little of the black experience was reflected in history books at the time.
For more on African-American history, try these resources:
Creating Black Americans: African-American History and Its Meanings – 1619 to the Present by Nell Painter
Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America by Lerone Bennett
Race: A History Beyond Black and White by Marc Aronson
Black Men Built the Capitol: Discovering African-American History in and Around Washington, D.C. by Jesse Holland
Don’t Miss . . .
Monday, Feb. 23, 3:30 p.m. at the Centreville Regional Library
Kalimba Music, Ancient and Contemporary. Celebrate African-American History Month with Carl Winters, the Kalimba King. He plays jazz, blues, gospel and hip hop on several kalimbas, or African thumb pianos. Cosponsored by the Friends of the Centreville Regional Library. Age 4 and up.