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African-Americans have been an integral part of U.S. history since before the country’s inception, yet it took centuries before they were given their due in the form of Black History Month, which has been celebrated nationally every February since 1976.\n<br><br>\n<i><u>Black History Month: Why Celebrate? (Text 1)</u> -- This article is part of a Knowledge Set exploring reasons for celebrating Black History Month and the impact the Civil Rights Movement continues to have on social activism today. Use this text to provide background information about the origin of Black History Month. As students read, encourage them to compare the original goals for Black History Month to how it is c