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Heritage Months: Black History Month

The first celebration of Black accomplishments was in 1926 when Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History declared the second week of February to be "Negro History Week".This week was chosen because of Abraham Lincoln's and Frederick Douglas's birthdays. In it's early days, the goal of this week was to encourage the teaching of Black History in American public schools. Decades later in 1969, Black students and faculty at Kent State University petitioned for Black History Month. Black History Month was first celebrated the next February of 1970 at Kent State University. President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History month six years later.