February is Black History Month.It is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. Celebrating the achievements of African-Americans began in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth amendment abolished slavery in the United States when noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. In 1926 the group sponsored a national Negro History week which coincided with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglass. By the late 1960’s Negro History Week had evolved into Black History Month. In 1976, President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History Month and every U.S. president since has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. In celebration of Black History Month we will be recognizing two African-Americans each week and sharing stories, quotes, and culture from the African American community.