The Historic Value of February

Black History Month

Jackson Taylor, Contributor

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On February 1, the 92nd Annual Black History Month will begin. Black History Month was created to celebrate the achievements of African Americans and to recognize the major role of African Americans in U.S. History. Every year, Black History Month follows a theme ranging from “Negro History and a New Birth of Freedom” to “Civilization: A World Achievement.” This year’s theme is, “African Americans in Times of War.” The theme was created to commemorate the centennial of the end of the First World War, which ended in 1918.

Black History month began in 1926, but was originally called “Negro History Week.” In 1976, “Negro History Week” became the month-long celebration that we know and celebrate today. Since then, we have celebrated Black History Month in February in honor of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. This is how Black History Month started and how it has evolved over the years.

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