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In 1926, historian Carter G. Woodson announced the second week of February, to be black history week to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas. Students at Kent State University began the first celebration of Black History Month in the February of 1970. 6 years later, Black History Month was celebrated across the country in educational institutions and community centers big and small. President Gerald Ford recognized black history month in 1976, urging Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” Since then, every president has recognized the month of February as black history month.

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