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Upcoming events related to Black History month continue through the end of February.
The first celebration of Black History Month was in 1970 at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. American historian and author Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950) proposed the creation of Negro History Week during the second week of February – it coincided with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12) and Frederick Douglas (likely Feb. 14) – in 1926.
Woodson, a native of Virginia, founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, and he is often called the father of Black History.
Black History Month is celebrated in February in the United States and Canada, and in October in Ireland, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.