Monday, February 28, 2011
"Every year, during Black History Month, America celebrates the invaluable contributions that the African-American community has made to the culture and history of our nation.
For members of the NAACP family, the tradition of Black History Month goes back to the beginning of the 20th Century. NAACP leader and legendary historian and educator Carter G. Woodson originally founded “Negro History Week” in 1926, at a time when most history books simply omitted any African-American history and the central role African-Americans played in the birth of America as we know it. Woodson chose February because it coincided with the birthdays of two men who fought for freedom of American slaves: Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.
In 1976, Negro History Week was expanded to Black History Month. It has marked an essential time to study and reflect on our collective history ever since."
Visit the NAACP today and learn more about this valuable and essential organization: http://www.naacp.org/.
Thank you for your time and interest.
Donna M. McDine
Award-winning Children's Author
The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.