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.
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