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African-American History Month 2013: Celebrating Freedom and Activism

By February 1, 2013

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When Carter G. Woodson established Negro History Week in 1926, his mission was simple: he wanted to honor the efforts of men such as Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas, who both worked to emancipate African-Americans. Since then, Negro History Week has been expanded to the entire month of February.

Every year the Association for the Study of African American Life and History establishes a theme for African-American History Month. This year's theme commemorates two important events in African-American History: the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington .

During this month, I'll continue to honor the legacy of so many African-American men and women who risked thier lives to create change in the United States. In addition, I'll be highlighting African-Americans who played a pivotal role in the emancipation of enslaved people and fighting for civil rights in the United States.

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