Carter G. Woodson, “The Father of Black History Month.”

Photo of Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture courtesy of Alan Karchmer

February 1 annually marks the beginning of a month-long celebration to highlight the achievements and contributions of African Americans to our nation’s development, history and culture. Carter G. Woodson, the founder of Black History Month, initially wanted to mark the birth months of Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln. In 1926, the first Negro History Week was observed. President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in February of America’s Bi-Centennial Year (1976).

Click here to review the Washington Post article covering Carter G. Woodson.

Click here to review “Celebrating the Contributions of Black Catholics” published in Our Sunday Visitor.