February 7th: This Day In Black History

February 7th: This Day In Black History

Roseanne Akindo

Dr. Carter G. Woodson, who is considered a pioneer in the study of African-American history and is known as “The Father of Black History,” designated the second week of February as Negro History Week in 1926.
In 1976, Negro History Week was expanded to the entire month of February, also known as Black History Month.
Woodson was a son of former slaves who eventually earned a PhD from Harvard. He chose the second week of February because it marked the birthdays of Frederick Douglass, who was an abolitionist (Feb. 14) and President Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12), who signed the Emancipation Proclamation abolishing slavery in the southern states.