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Why is the Month of February Black History Month?

Why is the Month of February Black History Month?
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Posted On: February 20, 2023

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February was chosen to be the month for Black History Month for several reasons. One of the primary reasons is that it coincides with the birthdays of two significant figures in black history: Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Douglass, a former slave who became a prominent abolitionist and civil rights leader, was born on February 14, 1818. Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States who issued the Emancipation Proclamation to free slaves, was born on February 12, 1809. Their birthdays are celebrated as National Freedom Day and Presidents' Day, respectively, which provides a meaningful backdrop for Black History Month.


Another reason why February was chosen for Black History Month is that it was established during a time of significant civil rights activism in the United States. In 1965, the Civil Rights Movement was in full swing, and there was a growing demand for greater recognition of black history and culture. The first Black History Month was celebrated in February 1970, and it was officially recognized by the federal government in 1976. Since then, February has become a time to honor and celebrate the achievements and contributions of black Americans throughout history.


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