Black History Month
Black History Month is celebrated each February to honor prominent African Americans of the past as well as present-day leaders and others who have made significant contributions to the nation and world. It began in 1926 as Negro History Week.
Since 1976 the president of the United States has issued a proclamation calling on Americans to observe Black History Month with appropriate programs and events.
Each February communities, schools, libraries, and other institutions across the United States pay tribute to African-American achievements in numerous ways.