A Harvard-educated historian and the owner of former slaves, Woodson chose a week in February, the month that Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglass were born. When it first began, Negro History Week was popular mosly in black schools. "The celebration improved my children 100 percent," said one teacher. "I wish we could have Negro History throughout the year." In 1976, by popular demand, the event was expanded into a month-long celebration.
Organizers of Black History Month hope their efforts will soon make African-American history an inseparable part of our education. Thus, the ultimate goal of Black History Month- one of which Woodson would certainly have approved - is to make itself obsolete.
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