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Black History: Black History Month

Black History Month

Black History Month originally began as a week-long celebration in the 1920's.  The founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), Dr. Carter G. Woodson selected the second week in February as it encompassed the birthdays of both Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.  Woodson was the son of former slaves and a dedicated student.  He was the second African American to earn a PhD from Harvard - not bad for someone whose formal education didn't start until they were almost 20!  Woodson is known as the "Father of Black History".

Learn more about Black History Month

Want to learn more Black History Month basics?  Check out the links below!

restaurant lunch counter with swivel stools

Greensboro Lunch Counter

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pair of hightop gymshoes one black one white the heels spell equality

"Equality" Basketball Shoes game-worn by LeBron James

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a handmade quilt with images in each square

Harriet Power's Bible Quilt

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Trumpet Owned by Louis Armstrong

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one room wooden slave cabin

Cabin from Point of Pines Plantation in Charleston County South Carolina

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old handwritten letter

Letter Containing News of Nat Turner's Rebellion

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long white evening gown with one shoulder strap

Michele Obama's 2009 Inaugural Ball Gown

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vintage sepia colored photo of seated african american woman in dark blouse and light skirt

Carte-de-Visite Portrait of Harriet Tubman

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yellow print long sleeved dress

Dress Sewn by Rosa Parks

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