Black History Month is a celebration of notable contributions to society by those of African descent. Celebrated in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom, it takes place in February.
Americans have recognized black history annually since 1926, first as Negro History Week before becoming known as Black History Month. It was first celebrated in the United Kingdom in 1987 and in Canada in 1995.
When the tradition originated, black people were barely mentioned in history books. Through the work of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, a scholar and the son of former slaves, black history began to be documented and celebrated in the early 20th century.
During the month of February, one graphic per day will highlight the contributions of historic black figures.