Black History Month: How did it start?

Black History Month began as a week in the 1920s, pushed by Harvard historian Carter Woodson after he witnessed how Black people were underrpresented in history.
Black History Month began as a week in the 1920s, pushed by Harvard historian Carter Woodson after he witnessed how Black people were underrpresented in history.

Black History Month began as a week in 1926, pushed by Harvard historian Carter Woodson after he witnessed how Black people were underrepresented in history.

That included books and the conversations that shaped the study of American history.

The week was officially recognized as a month in 1976.

Watch the full report in the video above.



About the Author:

Kimberly Gill joined the Local 4 News team in November 2014. She was named Personality of the Year in 2009 by the Ohio Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame. She’s also a two-time Emmy winner.