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Black History Month

“If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.” (“Negro History Week” n.d.) This quote highlights the impact historical knowledge has in furthering a community and educating generations. From the beginning of American history, historical accounts from people of color have been left out of mainstream narratives. In attempt to preserve history and construct long lasting culture, Historian Carter G. Woodson announced Negro History Week in 1926. The intent for this week was to educate young Americans about African American history in public schools. While this event was met with hesitation, it gained traction from state Departments of Education. States like North Carolina, Delaware, and a few more cooperated in support of Negro History Week. The impact in bringing awareness to Black American history proved to be beneficial. Following the creation of Negro History Week, Black History month was created.

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