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Origins of Black History Month (US)
Switzerland deletedbyJonathanE 
Origins of African American History Month go back to 1926 and Carter G. Woodson. According to, it was fi rst recognized as “Negro History Week.” Woodson, who established The Journal of Negro History, launched the celebration as an initiative to bring national attention to the contributions of black people throughout American history, the Web site stated. Woodson was very active in the Harlem Renaissance, Walker said. His timing was perfect to establish a national event. In the late 19th century, he could not have done it, she said, and in the 1950s it would have put too much pressure on the Civil Rights Move- ment. According to, Woodson chose the second week of February because it contained the birthdays of two men who greatly infl uenced the black population — Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. The week blended everything that was going on in the Harlem Renaissance while giving black people a sense of identity, Walker said. “The Harlem Renaissance was about literature, dance, art, and its historical ramifi cations for these people who were just fi nding out that it was OK to say you were descended from Africa,” Walker said. “It was radical because Africa was still considered the Dark Continent.” Calling someone “African” was considered derogatory, she said. The establishment of Negro History Week was a great moment in history, Walker said, because it hap- pened in such an important period. “It came at a time when there was excitement and exuberance and experimentation of what it meant to be African American,” Walker said, referring to the Harlem Renaissance. The week of celebration was very signifi cant for blacks, Walker said. “Coming out of a segregated environment, it was the event of the year,” she said. By the mid-1960s “Negro History Week” became known as “Black His- tory Month,” Walker said. “It was quite signifi cant when it became Black History Month,” Walker said. “Black was considered a derogatory term when growing up, but by the 1960s it was a proclamation of the beauty of a people.”
2017-11-15 02:29
tldr version: negro was invented as a polite term as black/african was seen as bad. 1960 malcom x said black good, so negro started to be the bad term and black good.
2017-11-15 02:33
United States Farrukh_M 
Something like this was on the last SAT I think.
2017-11-15 02:38
what did they ask
2017-11-15 14:10
United States Farrukh_M 
Well there was a passage talking about "Negro History Week" and how it led to Black History month.
2017-11-15 14:11
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