The origins of Black History Month

Thurs., February 4 * 10 PM ET / 7 PM PT on Clubhouse

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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