First began as Negra History Week in February 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, known as the "Father of Black History.
Published articles state that Woodson chose February specifically because it covered the birthdays of Frederick Douglas (02/14) and Abraham Lincoln (02/12).
However in 1969, the idea for Black History Month was promoted by Black students and educators at Kent State University.
In 1976 GeraldFord urged all citizens to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments Afro-Americans in every area of endeavor throughout history.
A month of great importance indeed. Why, because the past is not the past. The social and racial climates of today continue to show that there's still much work to be done in order for the nation to truly live out its creed, "everybody is created equal ".
There are so many stories yet to be told about the history of Black America. The stories are there waiting; we just have to go and find them.