On the first day of Black History Month, Google is using its logo to honor the man who helped inspire its creation.

Thursday's doodle pays tribute to historian Carter G. Woodson, featuring him in a library with the Google logo spelled out across several books.

The logo was created by Virginia-based illustrator Shannon Wright, developed in collaboration with the Black Googlers Network.

Woodson was born in 1875 in Virginia to former slaves, finished high school in less than two years, then earned a master’s degree from the University of Chicago, after which he became the second African-American ever to receive a doctorate from Harvard University. 

He committed his career to studying African-American history, eventually creating a program in 1926 to encourage people to learn more, leading to the creation of Black History Month.

Woodson chose February to honor the birthdays of abolitionist Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln.

"Woodson’s commitment to achieve an education for himself and spread awareness and pride in Black history inspired me and continues to do so in so many ways," writes Sherice Torres, Google's director of brand marketing and a member of the Black Googlers Network.

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