National African American History Month

February is National African American History Month,
honoring and celebrating the contributions that African Americans have made to American history in their struggles for freedom and equality. National African American History Month had its origins in 1915 when author and historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950) founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. Now known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the group established the first Negro History Week in February 1926. Dr. Woodson selected the week in February that included the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The ASALH has designated its 2013 National Black history theme: At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation and the March on Washington.
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