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The 2021 theme for Black History Month is
"Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity"
Black History Month Facts
- Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.
- Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history.
- The concept of Black History Month was first developed by historian Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland in 1915.
- In 1926, the second week of February was chosen to celebrate the event because it coincided with Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass's birthdays.
- By the 1960s, Black History Week had expanded into Black History Month.
- In 1976, President Gerald Ford was the first president to officially recognize Black History Month. He challenged everyone to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”