February is Black History Month. Also known as African American History Month, this is a time to recognize the accomplishments of black Americans and their contributions to the nation.

This annual celebration was started in 1976 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, whose scholarly dedication led to the establishment of the February tradition.

African Americans have a long distinguished history of serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, defending the Nation with loyalty, honor and patriotism in every war since the American Revolution.

The annual observance began as Negro History Week in 1926; it officially became Black History Month in 1976. Negro History Week was intended to be a time “in which the contributions of the Negro to the development of civilization would be sufficiently emphasized to impress Blacks as well as whites,” as the 1982 Annual Report of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission on National Black History Month expressed it.

Happy Black History Month!

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