W.E.B. DuBois was born on February 23, 1868 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. In 1909, Dubois became one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He became the editor of the NAACP’s Crisis magazine, where he often wrote about issues that affected the African American community in the early 20th century. The Souls of Black Folks is a famous book written by DuBois.
Carter G. Woodson is known as “The Father of Black History.” During the month of February, American take the time to embrace and honor the rich contributions of African Americans. During the 1920’s, Woodson created and promoted Negro History Week. This period in February was chosen because it included the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.
In 1976, Negro History Week became a month-long celebration.