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Also See: Black History Month 2007 | Black History Month 2006 | Black History Month 2005


Celebrate Black History Month 2013!

2013 National Theme: At the Crossroads of Freedom & Equality

The theme chosen by ASALH for the celebration of Black History Month 2013 is:

At the Crossroads of Freedom & Equality.

Focus is on the 100 years from 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln declared slaves in all Confederate states "forever free" and made them eligible for paid military service in the Union Army through the 1963 March on Washington for jobs and freedom in 1963.

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Black History Month Links:

ASALH - Founders of Black History Month.

African American History Month

Biographies of Famous African Americans

Black History Month at InfoPlease

Black History Month - NY Times.

Black History Month Facts

Breaking Racial Barriers - African Americans in the Harmon Foundation Collection.


What is Black History Month and how did it get started?

In February of each and every year, we celebrate Black History Month.  

This tradition was started by Carter G. Woodson.

He was born 1875, a son of former slaves in New Canton, Virginia.  Coming into the world just ten years after the 13th amendment was passed - abolishing slavery, he became a noted Black scholar and historian.  In 1915, he founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History.  On February 12, 1926, he started the first "Negro History Week".  He chose the second week of February to coincide with birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass because these men had such an impact on black history.  Until 1976, the second week in February was celebrated as Negro History Week by African Americans.  

During the 1976 U.S. Bicentennial Celebration, Negro History Week was expanded into "Black History Month" and is widely celebrated each year by Americans.

Carter G. Woodson died in April 3, 1950 but left a great legacy behind.

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