Black History Month

What is the origin of Black History Month? It began with a man named Carter G. Woodson, whose was the son of former slaves. Dr. Woodson was an African American who received his PHD from Harvard. He also founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History which is today called the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (  In 1926, Woodson promoted the idea of a Negro History Week”, this was to be held the second week of February. It was chosen because it marked the birthdays of two important men: Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.  The year of 1976 marked the  50th anniversary of the beginning of “Negro History Week” and the United States’ Independence and the week was expanded to Black History Month.

This Year in 2011, the theme is “African Americans and the Civil War”. The Monroe County Library is participating in this event and our Division has posted a list of new books on the topic for our  special topic series. Take a look at the following selection:


Carter Woodson


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