Black families migrated in droves from southern states to upstate New York in the late 19th century. Many people want to deny this. But it’s a matter of historical record.

February is Black History Month — and it has its own history. The purpose of Black History Month is to celebrate of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, according to the History Channel, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and prominent religious leader Jesse E. Moorland.

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