Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Not what you might think …

… The History of Black History Month - News & Views - EBONY. (Hat tip, Rus Bowden.)

Contrary to the (sadly) popular joke, February was not “given” to Black America for celebrating our history because it is the shortest month of the year. Woodson chose the second week in February for the celebration of “Negro History Week” because it contained the birthdays of the major symbols of the intertwined fates of Africans and the post-Civil War U.S. nation-state: Frederick Douglass (February 14, 1818) and Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809). 

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