African American History Month, also known as Black History Month, is a month-long celebration of black history in America that has been officially recognized by the United States government every year since 1976. The early origins of African American History Month date back to the early 1900s when Carter G. Woodson formed the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. Woodson had a desire to promote achievements in the black community and officially announced Negro History Week in February 1926 as a way to encourage celebration of black history. At the time, the black community already had a history of celebrating the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (February 12th) and Frederick Douglass (February 14th), so he built his new celebration of African American history around those existing celebrations. Negro History Week proved to be very popular and an important reminder of the contributions that African Americans have made to American history. Eventually, citizens starting calling for a longer celebration to reflect the importance of African American history which led to the official proclamation of African American History Month in 1976. Now, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History plans a theme for each year's Black History Month celebration and promotes the study of black history all year long.
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