Celebrate BLACK HISTORY February 2022

Black History Month: 2022 Black History Month Theme is Black Health and Wellness


January 25, 2022
Release Number CB22-FF.01

To commemorate and celebrate the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent, American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week (then called “Negro History Week”) nearly a century ago. The event was first celebrated during the second week of February 1926, selected because it coincides with the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and abolitionist/writer Frederick Douglass (February 14). That week would continue to be set aside for the event until 1976 when, as part of the nation’s bicentennial, it was expanded to a month. Since then, U.S. presidents have proclaimed February as National African American History Month.

The following facts are made possible by the invaluable responses to the U.S. Census Bureau’s surveys. We appreciate the public’s cooperation as we continuously measure America’s people, places and economy.

Note: References to the Black population in this publication refer to single-race Black people (“Black alone”) unless otherwise noted.

Explore data from A-Z based on the 2020 Census:  https://www.census.gov/about/index.html







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