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February is Black History Month. Every year there’s a different theme for February’s celebration of Black History Month, also known as African American History Month. The 2012 theme for African American History Month is “Black Women in America: Culture and History.”
This national observance originated in 1926, by historian Carter G. Woodson as “Negro History Week.” Woodson chose the second week of February because it marked the birthdays of two Americans who greatly influenced the lives and social condition of African Americans; Abraham Lincoln, former President and abolitionist; and Frederick Douglass, a former slave.
National, social, scientific and political contributions by black Americans are recognized during Black History Month. Historic accounts related to the civil war era, the civil rights movement of 1955-1968, abolitionist movements, slavery in America, etc.
In honor of the celebration, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum has created interesting, interactive programs, starting on February 18ththrough February 25th. Click HERE for the full list of activities available to celebrate Black History Month.
Check out this “Origins of Black History Month” video, provided by History.com.