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Black History Month 2014 Theme – Black History Month: ‘Civil Rights in America’


 Civil Rights in America, commemorating the 50th

Black History Month 2014 Theme – Black History Month: ‘Civil Rights in America’

Black History Month or National African American History Month is an annual celebration of and a time for recognizing achievements by black Americans in U.S. history. Americans have recognized Black History Month annually since 1926. Although blacks have been in America at least as far back as colonial times, it was not until the 20th century that they gained a respectable presence in history books.


Dr. Carter G. Woodson, who earned a doctorate degree from Harvard, was disturbed to find that history books largely ignored America’s black population. He decided to take on the challenge of writing black Americans into the nation’s history. In 1926, he launched Negro History Week. He chose February because it marks the birthdays of two men who greatly influenced the black American population, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In the mid-1970s, it became Black History Month and ever since, every American president has issued proclamations endorsing Black History Month.



February 1, 2014 - Posted by | Black History Month | , , , ,


  1. Even though I have taught about black history for my 30 years in the classroom, I didn’t know about Dr. Woodson and his contributions to our nation. I am glad I read this to be better informed and to add to my knowlege and my 3rd grade student’s knowlege. He deserves to be taught about!

    Comment by susanlulu2013 | February 2, 2014 | Reply

  2. I didn’t know about Dr Woodson until I read this post. So it just goes to show we are never too old to learn. Although personally everyone should have known about the important role he has played in this Nation’s History.
    Thanks for post.

    Comment by Carol L | February 17, 2014 | Reply

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