Black History Month was first established in 1926 as "Negro History Week" by historian, author, and educator Dr. Carter G. Woodson, now known as "The Father of Black History." February was selected for the celebration to honor the births of two men whose actions forever altered the future of black Americans, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, the week-long celebration was expanded to a month in recognition of the impact African Americans have made throughout U.S. history. Each year, Black History Month focuses on a theme selected by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the organization founded by Dr. Carter G. Woodson in 1915.
The theme of Black History Month 2012 is "Black Women in American Culture and History."
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