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FEBRUARY BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION - This week on Friday,February 7th, our focus is on Frederick Douglass. Join us!
The history of Black History Month began in 1915 in Chicago, at a nationwide celebration of the 50th anniversary of emancipation. Carter Godwin Woodson, an author, journalist and historian, attended the celebration, after traveling from Washington, DC. He was an exhibitor at the event, with a Black History display.
February was chosen for a number of reasons. First, because Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, both prominent leaders in changing black history, have birthdays celebrated in February. Honoring these great men was one reason for the choice. In keeping the commemorative week around those dates, Woodson was building a tradition of study and learning more about black history.
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