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Guest column: Origin of Black History Month

Guest column: Origin of Black History Month

Guest column: Origin of Black History Month


Of the 12 months on our calendar, February appears to be the month with several observances or events. Isn’t it ironic that the shortest month, with 28 days — 29 in a leap year — would have such a plethora of events? Presidents Day is recognized with the celebration of our first president, George Washington, known as the father of our country. Abraham Lincoln, our 16th president, is noted for his issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed the slaves, and, notably, the Gettysburg Address. In this month, Frederick Douglass, an abolitionist, was elected president of the Freedman’s Savings and ...


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