Negro History Week was created by Carter G. Woodson February 7, 1926. It became Black History Month 50 years later in 1976. (blackfacts.com)
Dr. Carter G. Woodson, was born in 1875 near New Canton, VA. the son of former slaves. In 1907, he obtained his BA degree from the University of Chicago and in 1912, he received his PhD from Harvard University. His is also well known for the publication, The Mis-Education of the Negro, originally published in 1933 and still fitting today.
Dr. Woodson was named “The Father of Black History Month” long after the launch of the annual February observance of “Negro History Week.” Some say the week was chosen for the observance Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on February 12th and the accepted February 14th birthday of Frederick Douglass.
Stars You May Not Have Known Are Black
1. "Flashdance" star Jennifer Beals has a Black father and an Irish mother.Source:PR Photos 1 of 12
2. While Vin Diesel doesn't identify himself as black, he has been known to say he's "a person of color". He has never met his biological father but his step father is black.Source:Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP 2 of 12
3. Rashida Jones is the daughter of media mogul Quincy Jones.Source:Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP 3 of 12
4. Actor Wentworth Miller was born in England to a Black father and white mother.Source:PR Photos 4 of 12
5. Actress Troian Bellisario, of "Pretty Little Liars" fame, has a black mom and white dad.Source:PR Photos 5 of 12
6. Pop superstar Halsey has a black dad and white mom.6 of 12
7. Musician Pete Wentz (ex-hubby of Ashlee Simpson) has a Jamaican mom and a white father.Source:PR Photos 7 of 12
8. Cash Warren (Jessica Alba's husband) has a black dad and a white mom.Source:PR Photos 8 of 12
9. Mariah Carey's father is Venezuelan and Black. Her mother is white.Source:Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP 9 of 12
10. Actor Daniel Sanjuta is half Black and Irish/German.Source:PR Photos 10 of 12
11. Rapper Logic's dad is Black and his mom is whiteSource:PR Photos 11 of 12
12. Soledad O'Brien's mother is Afro-Cuban and her dad is Australian.12 of 12
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