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Also See: Black History Month 2006 & Black History Month 2007

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2005 National Theme: The Niagara Movement

This year's theme for Black History Month is The Niagara Movement.... In honor of the first African American meeting held to end racial discrimination.

This event took place at Niagara Falls in 1905.  2005 marks the 100th anniversary of this moment in black history.  The meeting founders are pictured in the photo at right in front of Niagara Falls.

They are:

Top row: H. A. Thompson, New York; Alonzo F. Herndon, Georgia; John Hope, Georgia; _?_.
2nd row: Fred McGhee, Minnesota; Norris Bumstead Herndon - son of Alonzo Franklin Herndon; J. Max Barber, Illinois; W. E. B. Du Bois, Atlanta; Robert Bonner, Massachusetts.
3rd Row: Henry L. Baily, Washington, D.C.; Clement G. Morgan, Massachusetts; W. H. H. Hart, Washington, D.C.; and B. S. Smith, Kansas.

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The Niagara Movement - Newspaper clipping from the Cleveland Journal 12/28/1907.

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What is Black History Month and how did it get started?

In February of each and every year, we celebrate Black History.  

This tradition was started by Carter G. Woodson.

He was born 1875, a son of former slaves in New Canton, Virginia.  Coming into the world just ten years after the 13th amendment was passed - abolishing slavery, he became a noted Black scholar and historian.  In 1915, he founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History.  On February 12, 1926, he started the first "Negro History Week".  He chose the second week of February to coincide with birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass because these men had such an impact on black history.  Until 1976, the second week in February was celebrated as Negro History Week by African Americans.  

During the 1976 U.S. Bicentennial Celebration, Negro History Week was expanded into "Black History Month" and is widely celebrated each year by Americans.

Carter G. Woodson died in April 3, 1950 but left a great legacy behind.

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