(For those that didn't know.....) Author and educator Carter Godwin Woodson is widely considered the creator of what's come to be known as Black History Month. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in 1908 from the University of Chicago, studied at the Sorbonne and earned a Ph.D. from Harvard in 1912. In 1915, he founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. Woodson realized the need for special research into the black American's life and history. Woodson was intent on making the world see the Negro as a participant rather than as a lay figure in history. The association developed plans for a Negro History Week as a way to more fully announce the contributions of African Americans. This became reality in February 1926. February was selected because of the number of African American pioneers and institutions born in the month from W.E.B. Du Bois and Langston Hughes to the NAACP and the first Pan-African Congress. In 1976, the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History expanded the observance into Black History Month. The name African American History Month is also used.
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