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Posted on: February 1, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Black History Month - What's the History?


Did you know that Black History Month was created in 1928 and has has a different theme every year?  Dr. Carter Woodson (1875-1950), founded the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) in 1926 and Black History Week in February to correspond with the birthdays of Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, the week was expanded to the month. Dr. Woodson is known as the "Father of Black History" and the second African American to earn his Ph.D. from Harvard.

This year's theme is The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity. Just looking through the themes over the years is a history lesson in itself.

Maryland is celebrating Black History Month with a series of recommended visits around the state starting with the Frederick Douglas Driving Tour that starts on the Eastern Shore and continues through Annapolis and Baltimore. Check it out.

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