By AMANDA KNOWLES, CASEY LABRACK and LISA TANGER
Feb. 27, 2008
Every February, Americans celebrate Black History Month. This tribute dates back to 1926 and is credited to Harvard scholar Carter G. Woodson. The son of former slaves, Woodson dedicated his life to ensuring that black history was accurately documented and shared.
Woodson organized the first annual Negro History Week in 1926 in an effort to bring national attention to the contributions of black Americans. He chose the second week of February in honor of the birthdays of pivotal black supporters Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.
We remember the inspirational deeds of widely recognized leaders such as Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and Thurgood Marshall. We honor the groundbreaking efforts of individuals such as Gwendolyn Brooks, Ralph Bunche, Dr. Mae Jemison, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
As February comes to a close, we recognize the endless examples of black Americans who have enriched the academic, political and social fabric of our country.