Black History Month is celebrated each February in the US. The celebration originally began as a week-long event in 1925 arranged by the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, which wanted to celebrate African-Americans’ contributions to society. The celebrations grew in the following years and in 1976, President Ford expanded the week-long event to a month, proclaiming that he wished to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
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