Our Chicago: The origins of Black History Month and Chicago's role

ByKay Cesinger WLS logo
Sunday, February 7, 2021
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CHICAGO (WLS) -- Black History Month has its origins right in Chicago at the Wabash YMCA in the city's Bronzeville neighborhood.

University of Chicago alum Dr. Carter G. Woodson played a key role in making sure that the history of African Americans is taught and celebrated.

Dr. Carol Adams, a sociologist and President of Urban Prescriptives Consulting and Dr. Lionel Kimble, a history professor at Chicago State University, discussed Woodson's impact during an interview with ABC7 Chicago.

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Kimble is also the Vice President of Programs for the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, an organization founded by Dr. Woodson.

WATCH: Our Chicago Part 2

For more information about Black History Month and to find events, visit the Association for the Study of African American Life and History's website.