Senator Boxer on Black History Month 2007   

Thursday, February 1, 2007  

Every February since 1926, Americans have set aside a special time to study and appreciate black history.  Originally established as Negro History Week by the eminent historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson, this annual observance has grown into Black History Month, a celebration of the tremendous contributions that African Americans have made to our nation’s social, political, and cultural life.

As a writer and teacher of history, Dr. Woodson decried the absence of African Americans from American history books.  To correct this imbalance, he established the Journal of Negro History in 1916 and Negro History Week ten years later.  He chose the second week of February for this event because it was the birthday of two giants in the fight for racial equality: Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.

Throughout the month of February, I will feature Black History Month on my Senate website: .  There you will find interesting biographies, historical timelines, and educational links to other websites celebrating Black History Month.  There is also an event locator listing Black History Month events being held throughout California. 

My Black History Month web feature pays tribute to some of the many African Americans who have helped to shape our nation’s history.   I hope that you will find this information useful and that you will celebrate the rich diversity that is America’s greatest strength. 


Barbara Boxer, US Senator, California
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer