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Central Florida to celebrate Black History Month throughout February

ORLANDO, Fla. — Thursday marks the first day of Black History Month.

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It honors the contributions of African Americans throughout history.

Black History Month was first celebrated in 1970 and was officially recognized by President Gerald Ford in 1976.

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On Monday, Orlando city leaders will present a Black History Month Proclamation.

Channel 9 is working on several stories about African Americans who have made a major impact on Central Florida.

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We will bring those stories throughout the month.

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