Published on: Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Every February, the U.S. honors the contributions and sacrifices of African Americans who have helped shape the nation.

February was chosen primarily because the second week of the month coincides with the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Lincoln was influential in the emancipation of slaves, and Douglass, a former slave, was a prominent leader in the abolitionist movement, which fought to end slavery (article available here). (Douglass' exact date of birth wasn't recorded, but he came to celebrate it on Feb. 14.)

For timely discussion of the importance of studying Black History, consider the following articles: