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Before Black History Month, there was Negro History Week.
It was started in 1926 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the Harvard Ph.D. who founded what’s now known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.
Dr. Daryl Michael Scott, the association’s current president, said black Americans nationwide were already celebrating in February — Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on the 12th and that of the black abolitionist Frederick Douglass on the 14th.
“He changed it to an entire week for the sudy of an entire group of people as opposed to two individuals,” Scott told WCBS 880’s Jane Tillman Irving.
Observances extended in the 1960s and in 1976 the association made the month official.
“Black history should be part and parcel of American history and should be celebrated yearlong,” Scott said.
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SOURCE: CBS New York