Sound-Off: Black History Month Too Short?

For years people have felt the need to mention the fact that Black History Month is observed in February — the shortest month of the year. As a reminder, the yearly observance stemmed from Black History Week, which was created by Carter G. Woodson in 1926 in order to implore historians to include the contributions of African-Americans in the annals of United States history. Woodson chose the second week in February because it included the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglass. The week was extended to a full month in 1976 as part of the celebration of America's Biennial. There was no conspiracy to saddle Black folks with the shortest month in the year. I repeat: there was no conspiracy involved...


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