Black History Week: The precursor to Black History Month was created in 1926 in the United States, when historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be "Negro History Week."  

 

This week was chosen because it coincided with the birthdates of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

  

 

At the time of Negro History Week's launch Dr. Woodson contended that the teaching of black history was essential to ensure the physical and intellectual survival of the race within broader society