February is...

Black History Month

why February?

originally it was the second week of February that was named Negro History Week by historian Carter Woodson in 1926 b/c of the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln

in 1976, our bicentennial, the celebration was extended to be monthlong

important African-American events that happened in the month of February:

February 23, 1868
W.E.B. DuBois, who co-founded the NAACP, was born

February 3, 1870
Fifteenth Amendment was passed, granting blacks the right to vote

February 25, 1870
the first black U.S. Senator, Hiram Revels, took his oath of office

February 12, 1909
NAACP was founded by a group of blacks, Jews and whites in New York

February 1, 1960
black college students staged a sit-in at a segregated Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina

February 21, 1965
Malcolm X was shot to death by Black Muslims