National Black History Month
Originally called "Negro History Week" and celebrated the second week of February, Black History Month has been celebrated in the United States since 1926. Dr. Carter G. Woodson, upset by the absence or subjugation of African American contributions in American history textbooks, was responsible for creating what we now know as Black History Month. The original week expanded to a full month and now encompasses the contributions of Africa to the Black experience in America. Dr. Woodson was also the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History and the Journal of Negro History (now Journal of African American History).