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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Carter G. Woodson Started It All With One Week

Tomorrow, African-American History month begins. It amazes me when I reflect on the fact that this celebration, which began as Negro History Week during the shortest month of the year in 1926, has become an accepted and expected part of our series of cultural holidays and recognitions in the United States. To kick off the month, check out the featured essay on Frederick Douglass at the Oxford African American Studies Center:

Frederick Douglass and American History

"Each month, the editors of the Oxford African American Studies Center provide insights into black history and culture, showing ways in which the past and present interact by offering socially and historically relevant short articles, picture essays, and links that will guide the reader interested in knowing more. To go along with this year's Black History Month theme "From Slavery to Freedom: Africans in the Americas," we examine the life of Frederick Douglass, whose rise from slavery to freedom to the heights of influence and power in his own time and beyond, exemplifies this theme more dramatically than any other man or woman in American history."

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