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Kentucky Writers: Authors of the Bluegrass State: Black History Month

"Authors of the Bluegrass State" is a guide by Kentucky Collects. This guide provides information about authors and writers from Kentucky and their work.

About Black History Month


February is Black History Month

The history of Black History Month has a special connection to Kentucky. in 1926, Dr. Carter G. Woodson -- an alumnus of Berea College in Kentucky -- organized the inaugural "Negro History Week." He chose a week in February that spanned the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Dr. Woodson was the second African American to earn a doctorate from Harvard University, and devoted the bulk of his professional life to his pioneering works on African American history and culture.

Black History Week expanded into Black History Month, first at the behest of college activists in the late 1960s. In 1976, Gerald Ford became the first president to officially recognize February as Black History Month. Every president since has followed Ford's precedent.

Explore Books by Black Kentuckians



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