The Question: Why is Black History Month celebrated in February?
A Valentine’s Day
B Frederick Douglass’ birthday
C Ratification of the 13th Amendment
Black History Month evolved from Negro History Week, created by eminent historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Launched in 1926 and held the second week of February to honor the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, it celebrated the contributions of Black Americans. Eventually the week was expanded to a month, and in 1976 President Gerald Ford designated February as Black History Month. Every president since has done the same. Today Black History Month is also recognized in Canada, the UK, and other countries.
The correct answer is Frederick Douglass’ birthday.