Carter G. Woodson is known as the father of Black History. In 1915,
he founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History.
It was through this organization that he began pressing for a Negro
. Woodson chose the second week of February because
two persons he felt had dramatically affected the lives of Black
Americans were born during that month: Abraham Lincoln and Frederick
Douglass. His tireless efforts succeeded in 1926.
It would be much later, in 1976, when the now-renamed Association for
the Study of Afro-American Life and History would succeed in promoting
this week into Black History Month.