February is Black History Month, or National African American History Month. It is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history.

The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.

Find out more: http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/black-history-month

“Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.” — Oprah Winfrey

“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” — Maya Angelou

“I had no idea that history was being made. I was just tired of giving up.” — Rosa Parks

“Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.” – Coretta Scott King

Black History Month

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