Black History month began in 1976 when President Gerald Ford urged Americans to observe it, but it was officially recognized by President Carter in 1978. Its origins are tied to historian Carter G. Woodson, who wanted to shine the spotlight on the accomplishments of African Americans and bring them into mainstream history. Woodson created Negro History Week in 1926, which led the way toward the adoption of Black History month later in the century.
Woodson came up with a plan for a week of activities and commemorations devoted to African American history. In 1926, he chose the week of February 7 for the first Negro History week because it included the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglas (February 14).
Find out more about events happening throughout Albuquerque during Black History Month.