History Club is recognizing Black History Month throughout the month of February.
This week, we’ll ask: Why do we have a Black History Month? How did it originate? Is it still necessary?
Join us on Clubhouse Thursday night at 10 ET. We’ll do opening comments, followed by Q&A. (Add to calendar.)
Black History Month began in 1926 as Negro History Week.
It was conceived Carter G. Woodson, a historian and educator.
Woodson was the second African American to receive a Ph.D. in history from Harvard (W.E.B. Dubois was the first).
Negro History Week was changed to Black History Month in 1976 (America’s bicentennial).
Here’s the Washington Evening Star from February 1926 announcing the first week:
And here’s the The Monitor, a Black newspaper in Omaha Nebraska, supporting Negro History Week as an annual event:
See you on Clubhouse, Thursday, February 4 at 10 PM ET.
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