Black History Month
February is Black History Month, also called African American History Month. Americans have recognized black history annually since 1926, first as “Negro History Week” and later as “Black History Month.”
 
Much of the credit for establishing Black History Month goes to Dr. Carter G. Woodson. As a scholar, he was disturbed to discover that history books either ignored the black American population or relegated them to inferior roles in American history. Dr. Woodson devoted his life to bringing black history into the mainstream.
 
In 1915, Dr. Woodson established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now called the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History). The next year, he launched the Journal of Negro History (now called the Journal of African-American History). Finally, in 1926 he initiated Negro History Week during the second week of February. This week was chosen because it marks the birthdays of two men who greatly impacted the lives of black Americans — Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.
  
Resources:
Celebration toolkits  (pdf)
President Clinton – Speech on Race Relations  (pdf) 
Sojourner Truth – Ain’t I a Woman  (pdf)
Ten Important Supreme Court Decisions in Black History  (pdf)
 
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Links to black history information
African-American World
Biography on A&E:  Celebrate Black History 
Civil Rights Movement Veterans 
CNN:  Black in America 2 
History Channel:  Black History Month 
Images of the Black Civil Rights Movement
Images of the Civil Rights Era
Library of Congress:  Slavery and Abolition 
Library of Congress:  Voices of Civil Rights 
National Civil Rights Museum 
National Geographic:  The Underground Railroad
New York Times Lesson Plans:  Celebrate Black History Month 
Notable Speeches and Letters by African Americans  

African-American leaders
African-Americans in classical music
The Internet African-American History Challenge
Profiles of African Americans
Marian Anderson
Frederick Douglass
W.E.B. DuBois
Marcus Garvey
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Jackie Robinson
Malcolm X
Interviews with and about prominent African Americans