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What originated in 1926 as the annual ‘Negro History Week’ – during February’s second quarter – was established by a man who was just one generation removed from physical captivity/chattel slavery – Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson.

He did so specifically because there were no Black holidays acknowledged on the greco-roman calendar then, and also to bring more awareness to the significant contributions Afrikans have made throughout existence.

The Father Of Black History, as he is known, chose that time period in observance of the physical births of two men he deemed to have made great contributions along the path of freedom road. First was the self-taught, formerly-enslaved emancipator – Fredrick Douglas, recognized as being born on February 14th 1818.

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