Why February you ask? Well, the precursor to Black History Month was created in 1926 in the United States when African-American historian Carter G. Woodson (the son of former slaves) and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be "Negro History Week." This particular week was chosen because it coincided with the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and of Frederick Douglas on February 14 (an escaped slave turned activist and author and one of the Abolition Movement's greatest leaders) and so these two dates had been commemorated by Black communities since the late 19th century. The civil rights movement of the 1960s helped to bring national attention and prominence to Negro History Week and that's how a week became a month-long celebration. Things were made official in 1976 when President Gerald Ford proclaimed February to be Black History Month and the rest they say was history.