Black History Month: Professor Reiland Rabaka discusses its relevance


The roots for African American History Month reach back to 1926 when historian Carter G. Woodson designated the second week of February to be "Negro History Week." In 1976 it was officially expanded to a month by the federal government. Rabaka says Woodson created the holiday with the hope that as black history became fundamental to American history, eventually there were be no need for it.

CU-Boulder associate professor of African American Studies, Reiland Rabaka, agrees that African-American history is American history, but he says, until every American thinks in those terms we need to continue African-American History Month.