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Black History Month is often held in February, celebrating the achievements of African-Americans. This has been the norm since 1976. Throughout February the many things Black Americans have accomplished are recognized and celebrated.
During this month, many museums feature galleries exhibiting art by Black Americans. It’s the perfect avenue to know more about Black history and culture, that isn't often taught. Aside from this, various cities also hold community events that commemorate Black History month.
In 1926, historian, Carter G. Woodson launched “Negro History Week”, the precursor of Black History Month, and set it to run every second week of February.
Why February, though, and why the second week specifically? According to Woodson, two prominent figures had birthdays during this week: Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and Frederick Douglass on February 14. With the influence of these well-known individuals, the event gained the attention of the public, spreading through universities and whole cities. Thanks to the ever-increasing support of many communities all around the country, the one-week commemoration poured over into the whole month of February.
Finally, in 1976, February was officially recognized as Black History Month, encouraging everyone to honor everything that Black Americans have accomplished for the country.