A Brief News Of Black History Month
The History: How It All began?
Black History Month started in the US when American author and historian, Carter G. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. In February 1926, he launched the celebration of a historic week dedicated to teaching the cultural significance of the history of black Americans.
He famously said of teaching black history, “If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.” For Woodson and the black communities in the US, it was incredibly important to educate and bring awareness to the history of a people group that had been commonly overlooked at the time.
The reason we celebrate in February dates back to Woodson’s efforts in 1926. The original history week was held in the second week of February. This was culturally significant because it coincides with the birthdays of former US president Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist Frederick Douglass on February 12th and 14th, respectively.
By the 60s, the event had expanded to become a month-long celebration, thanks in part to the civil rights movement. In 1976, it was officially recognized as Black History Month by US President Gerald Ford who called on the public to:
What It Honors?
Black History Month was created to focus attention on the contributions of African Americans to the United States. It honors all Black people from all periods of U.S. history, from the enslaved people first brought over from Africa in the early 17th century to African Americans living in the United States today.
Why Black History Month?
Celebrate Black History Month At Home
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Family history begins with you! Begin making a record of your life by starting a journal. Not only will your future family thank you for taking the time to record your life, but reviewing what you have recorded can cause greater introspection. This type of reflection will allow you to live your life with greater purpose. Some possible activities are:
- Start a journal in a way you enjoy, and try adding to it once a week.
- A written journal where you write down stories, thoughts, or experiences.
- A drawing journal where you draw pictures of what happens in your life.
- Start a photo journal. Take a photo every week.
- Start an audio journal. Record yourself talking about things that happened that day or that week.
- Consider adding important photos or recordings from your journal as memories