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Your Weekly Reference Question

Did you know that February is Black History Month?

An idea proposed by black historian Carter G. Woodson, Black History Month began in 1926 as Negro History Week. Dr. Woodson selected a particular week in February as a time to celebrate African American achievement because it coincided with the birthdays of both Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), founded by Dr. Woodson, established Black History Month. For more information about Black History Month, go to ASALH's Website. Also, check out our events calendar for Black History Month celebrations in Milwaukee Public Libraries.


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