Franklin, TN (Vocus) February 2, 2009
American historian Carter G. Woodson started Black History week in February 1926 to recognize African-Americans who made significant contributions to U.S. history.
For many years, the celebration was the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of black abolitionist Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, as part of the country's bicentennial, the week was expanded into Black History Month.
There are many defining moments and important African-Americans to recognize during February's Black History Month. Among them are Harriet Tubman's aiding of more than 300 slaves escaping slavery through the Underground Railroad in 1831; Jackie Robinson's signing as the first African-American Major League baseball player in 1947 and Dr. Martin Luther King's ''I Have a Dream'' speech during the civil rights movement in 1963.
To honor Black History Month, Internet retailer Magazines.com is featuring a variety of history magazine subscriptions at a significant discount. These history magazines include American Legacy magazine, which celebrates the unique historic perspective of African-American heritage. It also includes American Heritage and American History magazines.
Magazines.com is a privately-held company based in Franklin, Tenn. Major investors in Magazines.com are Anderson Media, one of the top U.S. wholesale distributors of magazines, music, books, and videos and Time Inc., publisher of People, Sports Illustrated and Time magazines.
With more than 1,900 titles available, Magazines.com offers people a fun, easy way to discover new magazines and helps them track subscriptions. Magazines.com is the leading independent agent selling subscriptions, serving customers online at http://www.magazines.com and by telephone at 800-MAGAZINES (800-624-2946).