National African American History Year

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Every year, February is to be known as the Black History Month, or formally known as National African American History Month. It is an annual commemoration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in United States history. Black History Month had its origins in 1915 when Dr. Cater G. Woodson and his colleagues founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History ("African American History Month," 2014). This organization is now known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Through this organization, Dr. Cater G. Woodson played the greatest role in helping all Americans know the Black past by initiating "Negro History Week" in Washington, D.C. in February 1926 (Bunch, 2012). Dr. Woodson selected the week in February that included the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass due to the fact they were key figures in the history of African Americans ("African American History Month," 2014). According to Bunch (2012), Woodson believed that "the black experience was too important simply to be left to a small group of academics." Dr. Cater G. Woodson, a son of a slave, was born in New Canton, Virginia on December 19, 1875 (Bellis, n.d.). Although he did not enter high school until the age of 20, he continued to study at Berea College, the University of Chicago, the Sorbonne, and Harvard University, where he earned a PhD in 1912 (Bellis, n.d.). During this time,
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