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Black History Month grew out of Negro History Week, which was established in February 1926 by African-American historian Carter G. Woodson. Woodson was the founder of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History. The original history week was in February to include both Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln’s Birthdays. In 1976, the Nation’s Bicentennial, the celebration was extended to be a month-long. For more information on Black History Month visit a week this month, we’ll feature a prominent African-American here on the blog.

Barack Obama is the forty-fourth president of the United States. A democrat and a former Senator from Illinois, President Obama was elected as the first African-American President of the United States in 2008. Obama was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2009 for his efforts to “strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation”. Barack Hussein Obama was born on August 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Obama attended Harvard Law School, where he served as the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. After graduation, Obama returned to Illinois where he joined a private law firm, published an autobiography, lectured at the University of Chicago, and eventually served in the Illinois Senate. Obama married his wife, Michelle, in 1992. They have two daughters, Malia and Sasha.


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Obama II, Barack (Hussein). (2009). In Encyclopedia of African-American Writing. Retrieved from

Obama, Barack Hussein (1961-). (2010). In The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather guide. Retrieved from

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