FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas Athletics Department celebrates Black History Month with feature stories about trailblazers in sports and at the University on ArkansasRazorbacks.com this month.
Black history has been celebrated annually since 1926. The original week-long event was organized by historian Carter G. Woodson who selected the second week of February as the original celebration. Woodson made his choice around the birthdays of former President Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass, both of whom were significant influences on the lives of African-Americans.
Last year, the Razorback Athletics Department featured former student-athletes and coaches who were impactful in the sporting arena with daily features for the website. The features and photographs were later combined into a printed book that was distributed.
This year, the features will focus on trailblazers both in athletics as well as the University community. The stories and images celebrating Black History are scheduled to appear throughout the month.