Black History Month first began as part of an initiative by writer and educator Dr. Carter G. Woodson, who launched Negro History Week in 1926. Woodson proclaimed that Negro History Week should always occur in the second week of February — between the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Since 1976, February has been recognized as a time to honor the contributions of African Americans to U.S. history.
Throughout this month, CEI will be sharing stories of outstanding contributions made by African Americans in education!
Ernest Everett Just was an African-American biologist & educator best known for his pioneering work in the physiology of development. Dr. Just was one of the first African Americans to receive worldwide recognition as a scientist.