Black History Week was started in 1926 by the “Father of Black History”, Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson. In 1976, President Gerald Ford made it a month-long national observance. This was significant because it marked the 50th year of its creation and it was the bicentennial year for the country. Today, Black History Month has expanded to include the countless contributions of African descended people on world civilization. It covers Africans in the diaspora (Africans as they exist throughout the world). Given the fact that humanity originated in Africa, Black history is world history.