Negro History Week Poster
Negro History Week is a week of celebration organized by Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland. The week recognizes the achievements made by African Americans and is a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history. The week eventually turned into a month-long celebration and is now known as Black History Month or African American History Month. The first Negro History Week was held the second week of February 1962 to coincide with the birthday of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. This inspired schools and communities nationwide to organize local celebrations, lectures, and performances. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month and have given it a yearly theme. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.