by B. Mchie
Often during Black History Month I hear many in my African American community say somthing like "see the white man gave us the shortest month of the year to celebrate too." The reality is that Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the founder of BHM selected February for two primary reasons. In 1926, as a people we were just getting away from centuries of being classified as property rather than human beings and (at the time) the two men who most influenced our emancipation from slavery were born in the month of February. They were Abraham Lincoln, and Frederick Douglass.