History is often reduced to a handful of memorable moments and events. In Black history, those events often include courageous stories like The Underground Railroad and historic moments like the famous "I Have a Dream" speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. But these are only a few of the significant and important events to know and remember.
Carter G. Woodson, a noted African American historian, scholar, educator, and publisher, created "Negro History Week" in 1926, the beginning of what we know now as Black History Month, a time to celebrate and recognize African American achievements in U.S. History. "Negro History Week" became a month-long celebration in 1976. The month of February was chosen to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. As Black history is more than a month, so are the numerous events and figures often overlooked during it.
Source: www.pbs.org; www.history.com