Black History Month, or National African American
History Month, is an annual celebration of
achievements by black Americans and a time for
recognizing the central role of African Americans
in U.S. history.

The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the
brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson
and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976,
every U.S. president has officially designated the
month of February as Black History Month.

Other countries around the world, including Canada and
the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating
black history.