As we all know, February is Black History Month, or National African American History Month. It is the annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially declared that the month of February will be dedicated as Black History Month. Other countries, like Canada and the United Kingdom, also now partake in celebrating black history. One of the greatest recent accomplishments in U.S. African American history was the election of Barack Obama as the first African American President in 2008.