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Black History Month is the annual monthlong celebration in February that marks the achievements of the African American community and recognizes their central role in U.S. history.
Why February (and why not every month)? February 1 is National Freedom Day, the anniversary of the approval of the 13th amendment, which abolished slavery in 1865. Carter G. Woodson, known as the "Father of Black History," is credited with developing Black History Month. The birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, two Americans who shaped African American history in the U.S., are February 12 and 14, respectively. President Gerald Ford officially recognized February as Black History Month in 1976.
The struggle for racial justice continues today, making Black History Month a springboard for awareness throughout the year. While public celebrations in the time of coronavirus are limited, Visit Berkeley encourages you to take advantage of some of the following expressions, virtual and actual, during Black History Month 2021!
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