Black History Month

The Month Celebrating Historical African Americans

Black History Month

Alexis Badiano, Contributor

Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, celebrates African American’s accomplishments and for recognizing their part in U.S. history. This year, it is celebrated from February 1st to February 29th. Since 1976, every president has appointed the month of February for Black History Month. Other countries including the United Kingdom and Canada have also dedicated a month for Black History.

Each year, the month is incorporated to have a theme. This years 2020 theme is, “African American And the Vote,” which is in honor of the Nineteenth Amendment for granting women’s suffrage, and the Fifteenth Amendment for giving men the right to vote.  

The former time of Black History Month started in 1915, 50 years after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery. During that September, historian, Carter G. Woodson, and the leading minister, Jesse E. Moorland, established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. Which was a corporation for recognizing the achievements by African Americans. It is known today as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. This group funded a national Black History Week in 1926, selecting the second week of February to happen at the same time of Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglas birthdays. This occurrence inspired communities and schools all around the country to arrange celebrations, create history clubs, and have performances or lectures. 

On February 12, 2009, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) celebrated its 100th anniversary. It has started by growing awareness of racial violence in the early twentieth century, certainly by 1908 riots about race in Illinois, several African American joined together to create a civil rights organization.

 

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