Black History Month is commemorated every February in the United States and Canada. Have you ever wondered why February? In 1926, a group led by Harvard-educated African American historian Carter G. Woodson chose the second week in February as “Negro History Week,” devoted to heightening awareness of Black history in the United States.

Celebrations in Canada started shortly thereafter. The week was symbolic in that it was the same week of the birthdays of former President Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and prominent abolitionist movement activist Frederick Douglass (February 14). In the late 1960s, the week evolved into an entire month, thanks in large part to the Civil Rights movement.

We’ve compiled some additional resources to learn more about and celebrate Black history:

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