Black History Month Research Paper

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Every year during the month of February the nation celebrates Black History Month. Many Americans wonder why there is a Black History month. What makes African Americans distinctive from all other Americans. Black History month or National African American month originated from the Negro Week. The cofounders of this organization were Carter G. Woodson, George Cleveland Hall, W.B. Hartgrove, Alexander L. Jackson, and James E. Stamps. Harvard graduate named Carter G. Woodson who promoted a national celebration of black contribution. He selected the second week of February during which Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglas had celebrated their birthdays. He called it Negro Week (Horton 3). The Association for the study of Negro life and history …show more content…
Carter G. Woodson, George Cleveland Hall, W.B. Hartgrove, Alexander L. Jackson, and James E. Stamps. Carter G. Woodson was known as the “Father of Black History” because of the outstanding position he held in the American History. Carter G. Woodson was born in New Canton, Buckingham County, Virginia, to former slaves Anne Eliza and James Henry Woodson. Although his parents could neither read nor write, Carter G. Woodson gave recognition to his father for pushing him all his life. Carter G. Woodson later on in life achieved many of his goals. Carter G. Woodson was the second African American to graduate from Harvard University in 1912 with his PhD in History. Carter G. Woodson have inspired many Americans through his journals. From 1916 for nine years Woodson wrote on topics dealing with the study of African Americans lives and historical events that occurred. Nine years was a long time to write about African Americans and not get any acknowledgement from the Americans who obviously under value black …show more content…
Black History was to be celebrated for the entire month of February for the recognition of African American History. Negro History Week was first developed in 1912 to educate Americans of historical event to celebrate African Americans people for their accomplishments. In the American History African American are referred to only as slave, which is not factual. The Americans had no interest in the African American History. Many African Americans have often wonder why the Black History Month had to be celebrated during the shortest month of the year. Some African Americans took offense, but Carter G. Woodson had a better reason. The month had been chosen because of two important people in history celebrated birthdays; Abraham Lincoln birthday was February 12, 1809 and Fredrick Douglas birthday was February 14,

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