PEF joins with members across the state in saluting the traditions and advancements brought to us by all African Americans throughout the years, and to respect the struggles they experienced throughout history.
Woodson, a Harvard graduate and doctor, is credited with starting Black History Month. He founded an organization what is now called the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. He also selected a week in February to celebrate African Americans. It coincided with two birthdays, Abraham Lincoln’s on February 12 and Frederick Douglass’ on February 14, both men who have been celebrated by black communities since the late 19th century. The week of celebration grew into a month.
Check with your regional coordinator to find out if a Black History Month celebration will take place in your community.