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Happy Black History Month

February is Black History Month, and West Side Story is here to provide you with some important events you should know during this time.

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Three important faces of black history.

Three important faces of black history.

Angie Zirbes

Angie Zirbes

Three important faces of black history.

Ting Gao, Reporter

Every February, the nation observes Black History Month. Speeches are made, events are arranged and Google doodles are crafted to honor the stories and experiences of African-Americans in this country. But how exactly did February come to be Black History Month?

In 1926, Carter G. Woodson, a black historian, established the second week of February as a “Negro History Week,” since both Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays fell during that period. Fifty years later, President Gerald Ford expanded it into a month-long national observance (Time). The country has been celebrating it ever since.

To celebrate Black History Month this year, West Side Story is proud to present a short timeline of major events in African-American history.

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About the Contributors
Ting Gao, Reporter
Ting Gao is a junior at West High and first-year staffer. She works for the online publication as a reporter. When not occupied with school or extracurricular activities, she enjoys photographing nature, reading, wasting time on the Internet, and taking leisurely walks.
Angie Zirbes, Arts Editor
This is Angie’s second year on staff as an artist and arts editor. In her free time she enjoys making art and other artsy art kiddo things.  
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