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What is Black History Month?
During Black History Month, we celebrate the achievements of Black Americans throughout our nation’s history. Its origins as a national celebration can be traced back to early 20th century American historian Dr. Carter G Woodson, who saw that black Americans were unfairly subjected to stereotyping, derogation, and racism. He wished to elevate their achievements on the national level and attempt to bridge the racial divide. He chose February because it contains both Frederick Douglass’ and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays; Douglass’ on the 14th, and Lincoln’s on the 12th.
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From left to right: Frederick Douglass, Serena Williams, Bessie Coleman, Madame C. J. Walker, Mae Jemison, Angela Davis, Booker T. Washington, Rosa Parks. Not familiar with these great people? Click their names to find books in our catalog!