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Week of 2/8/2021

Celebrate Black History Month

Black History Month was established to commemorate and celebrate the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent. American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week nearly a century ago. The event was first celebrated during the second week of February 1926, selected because it coincides with the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and abolitionist/writer Frederick Douglass (February 14). That week would continue to be set aside for the event until 1976 when, as part of the nation’s bicentennial, it was expanded to a month. Since then, U.S. presidents have proclaimed February as National African American History Month.

The History of Black History Month

This week's books feature biographies of Black Americans that have shaped and contributed to the progress of Black Americans in our country and the history of the United States.

Political Leaders and Figures

Titans and Experts in their Fields

Inspirational Athletes

Music Royalty

Legends and Firsts


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