Black History Month actually began in 1915 when Harvard educated historian Carter G. Woodson and prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH). The organization dedicated and promoted achievements by black Americans and other peoples of African descent.
Negro History Week started in 1926 the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.
In 1976, President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month, stating that Americans should “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
This year’s theme for Black History Month is “African Americans and the Vote,” honoring the centennial anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment (1920) granting women’s suffrage and the sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) giving black men the right to vote. (Source: History.com)