Initially taking place over the course of a week to coincide with the mid-February birthdays of President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, Negro History Week was first observed in 1926, and was unofficially adopted as a month-long celebration in 1976, celebrating the United States' bicentennial.
Fifty years later, President Gerald Ford urged Americans to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history." Some controversy surrounds the celebration as actor Morgan Freeman succinctly remarked: "I don't want a black History Month. Black history is American history." Seen on today's photo, is poet, writer, and social activist Langston Hughes, whose birthday is today.
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