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Black History Month was first introduced as "Negro History Week" in 1926 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Dr. Woodson launched it in order to shine attention onto the many contributions to American history that have been made by black people. At that time, "Negro History Week" was the second week of February, chosen by Dr. Woodson because it marks the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, two men that have done much to influence black Americans. Then, in 1976, the Bicentennial of the United States of America, The Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History expanded Dr. Woodson's week into what is now known as Black History Month.
We at Southeast Missouri State University are proud to celebrate Black History Month. There are several activities presented in order to involve and perhaps educate our students, faculty, staff, and community members. We invite you to attend and help us celebrate the many achievements of black Americans.