February is an important month for Albion’s traditional celebrations honoring Black History, including community, music, and food.
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Why was February Chosen to be called Black History Month?
Two famous abolitionists and social reformers were born during the month of February. The precursor to Black History Month was created in 1926 in the United States, when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be “Negro History Week”. This week was chosen because it coincided with the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and of Frederick Douglass on February 14, both of which dates black communities had celebrated together since the late 19th century. The abolitionists are President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, both born during the second of week of February, which led Woodson to designate it as a time of celebration and remembrance. Read More
Civil Rights Monuments and Sculptures in Michigan and Canada
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