Black History Month is known to many as a monthlong commemoration of African American history and achievement that takes place each February in the United States.
Before Black History Month, there was Negro History Week that was organized by Carter G, Woodson and members of his Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in February 1926. Negro History Week grew in popularity, with American cities initiating their own celebrations of Black achievements and with teachers—particularly in schools with a large percentage of African American students—using class time to discuss contributions to history made by notable African Americans. The civil rights movement also contributed to its popularity. Negro History Week was expanded to become Black History Month in 1976, with U.S. Pres. Gerald Ford urging Americans to participate in its observance.
Black History Month is widely known to be celebrated with a range of events at public schools, universities, and museums as well as within individual communities across the country.