The Black Family is the theme of this year’s African American History Month. First celebrated as Negro History Week in 1926, it became Black History Month in 1976. Dr. Carter G. Woodson created it to honor the contributions of Americans of African ancestry. He chose February, the birth month of Frederick Douglass, the abolitionist and writer and President Abraham Lincoln, who emancipated people who had been enslaved. Today, more than 48 million African Americans live in the United States.