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How Carter G. Woodson’s Life’s Work Fueled the Creation of Black History Month

For the last four and a half decades, every February has marked the celebration of Black History Month — an annual observance that recognizes the achievements and contributions of Black Americans. But without historian Carter G. Woodson, who devoted much of his life to shining a light on Black history, the celebration might not exist. A century ago, the idea of highlighting Black accomplishments was all but nonexistent, and it is because of Woodson’s creation of Negro History Week in 1926 that Black History Month has become one of the most significant periods of the year.


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