Black History Month
Celebrated in the United States in February, Black History Month honors the achievements of African Americans and their contributions to the nation throughout its history. Black History Month began in 1926 as Negro History Week and spread through the country during the civil rights movement. President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to learn about the accomplishments of Black Americans. In 1996, President Bill Clinton became the first to endorse a theme for Black History Month, highlighting the historic contributions of Black women. Black History Month is celebrated in February in the United States and Canada and in October in Ireland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom (UK).
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