Black History Month got its start in 1926 when Dr. Carter G. Woodson, an African American, promoted Negro History Week in February.
The time was selected because it included the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln which had been notable dates for the black community since the start of the twentieth century.
It evolved into a month-long celebration in 1976, a time for all Americans to reflect on both the history and teachings of African Americans, and to focus on the progress, richness and diversity of African American achievements.
Black History Month has no overall coordinating body - anybody can organise an event. Consequently, every year sees an eclectic mix - from historical walks to seminars - organised by, for example, local authorities, schools, and voluntary organisations.