Black History Month

Black History Month celebrates African-Americans' contributions to American history and development. The month-long affair was the brainchild of distinguished black historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson, who established "Negro History Week" in 1926. Woodson chose the second week of February because it marked the births of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, two influential figures in Black history.  In 1976, President Ford issued the first Message of Observance of Black History Month. Ten years later, Congress designated February "National Black (Afro-American) History Month."

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This Day in Black History: Nov. 2, 1983

A national holiday is declared in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

This Day in Black History: Sept. 29, 1975

WGPR, the nation's first Black-operated television station, went on air on Sept. 29, 1975.

This Day in Black History: Sept. 28, 1991

Jazz great Miles Davis dies at age 65 on Sept. 28, 1991.

The 15 Most Influential Black Style Icons

Gorgeous photos of the most iconic fashionistas throughout history.

This Day in Black History: Aug. 11, 1965

The Watts riots began on Aug. 11, 1965.

Despite Segregation, Black High Schools Did Big Things

Before public schools were integrated, there were all-Black high schools in major American cities that were known for academic excellence and turning out stellar graduates.
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