Black History Month
The observation of Black History Month dates back to 1915, when Carter G. Woodson, now known as the Father of Black History, created an organization called the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History.
In 1926, Woodson initiated the first Negro History Week in February. Woodson chose February specifically, because it covered the birthdays of Frederick Douglass (bottom left) on February 14 and Abraham Lincoln on February 12. Martin Luther King, Jr., who is honored with a national holiday on the third Monday of January, is listed bottom right.
Image created by USA Patriotism! using a U.S. Air Force graphic by Airman 1st Class Jose Miguel T. Tamondong.