February 1, 2012

Honoring African American History Month

Each February, the people of the United States have honored the countless contributions made by African Americans to our nation’s history with African American History Month.. This year’s focus is on the unique and vital role played by African American women in shaping our country’s story.

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The celebration dates back to 1915, when the the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH) was formed to promote the study of African American history. A full week of education was organized in 1920, and the tradition has grown ever since. When the official celebration of African American history expanded to a full month in 1976, President Gerald R. Ford asked that citizens “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

This year’s proclamation is available online at whitehouse.gov.

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