Black History Month is celebrated every February to honor the history, culture, and achievements of African Americans in the United States. This month-long annual celebration originated in 1926 when the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), founded by Black historian Carter G.Woodson, established "Negro History Week" to honor African American contributions to history.
In 1986, the United States Congress designated February to be Black History Month, by passing Public Law 99-244, to commemorate the contributions of African Americans in U.S. History as well as to highlight the struggles Black Americans have faced--and continue to face--to achieve freedom and equal rights in the United States.
For a more detailed history of this celebration, please see this article in the Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History.
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