Thursday, February 1st marks the first day of Black History Month, the time to learn more about this momentous occasion has begun. Although black history month is more than just a month, it is year round, highlighting important figures during this time is essential.

How did Black History Month come into existence?

The answer begins and ends with Mr. Carter Godwin Woodson. As a trailblazer being born to former slaves, he was the second African American to earn a doctorate from Harvard and was the first African American to become scholar. As a scholar, he began to a program that lasted a week to encourage the study of the African American history, that would be known as “Negro History Week,” while February’s significance was in remembrance of the birth month of abolitionists, Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. 

Because of Carter’s passion to constantly continue to educate and help others do the same. We’ve got this beautiful month dedicated to embracing this beautiful culture. For this Mr. Woodson, we thank you!

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