Mulatto historian Carter G. Woodson, an attendee at Chicago's 1915 Exposition of Negro Progress (celebrating 50 years of Emancipation), was so inspired by the crowds' enthusiasm that he went on to promote the very first 'Negro History Week' in February 1926. A roaring success, this yearly event was expanded to an entire month in 1976, when President Gerald Ford urged all Americans to 'seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.'
But what is a Black American?
Let us take a moment to gaze upon the visages of those individuals held up as most honorable and praiseworthy during this month. First, 'Negro History Week's' creator, Mr. Carter G. Woodson himself:
Our first 'black' president needs little introduction, but what of our first 'black' Secretary of State?: