These drivers of the 666th Quartermaster Truck Company, 82nd Airborne Division, who chalked up 20,000 miles each without an accident, since arriving in the European Theater of Operations. (Photo: National Archives)
Jared Leone, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
Black historian and journalist Carter G. Woodson helped found Negro History Week in 1926.
The celebration coincided with the birthdays of President Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist Frederick Douglass during the second week of February.
Honoring the contributions of black Americans expanded from black communities in the 1950s and ‘60s to schools and city halls across the country, as teachers and mayors took part, too. The celebration was expanded to the entire month in 1976.
Since 1996, the president has issued a proclamation setting the theme for the month. This year’s is “African-Americans in Times of War,” calling attention to the contributions during military conflicts from the Revolutionary War to current military operations.