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Feb. 7: Carter Woodson Creates First Negro History Week, Chris Rock Born

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(Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for LAByrinth Theater Company)

(Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for LAByrinth Theater Company)

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Every day during the month of February, WPGC will feature an important moment in Black history.  These daily vignettes are read by local children in the District and surrounding areas.

On Feb. 7, 1926, Carter Woodson created the first ever Negro History Week, which coincided with President Lincoln’s birthday.  As the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Woodson is cited as one of the first scholars to study African-American history.  He began celebrating Negro History Week, the second week in February, and in 1976 it was extended to Black History Month.  Unfortunately, Woodson never saw his vision grow to an entire month as he passed away in 1950.

On Feb. 7, 1965, comedian and actor Chris Rock was born in Andrews, S.C.  Though born in the southern states, his parents moved to a working-class area in Brooklyn, N.Y.  While he was growing up, Rock attended school in a predominantly white neighborhood which resulted in mass amounts of bullying and beatings.   As he grew up, the bullying got worse and he was ultimately pulled out of high school.  Soon after, he studied for his GED and studied at home.

He was 19 when he began doing stand-up comedy in New York City and soon was cast for small roles on television shows until Saturday Night Live hired him full-time in 1990.

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