February, Black History month is soon approaching.
The second week of February was designated Historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History to be “Negro History Week”. This week was chosen because it coincided with the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and of Frederick Douglas on February 14. Since the 19th century both dates were celebrated in the Black communities.
The expansion of Black History Week to Black History Month was first proposed by the leaders of the Black United Students at Kent State University in February 1969. The first celebration of the Black History Month took place at Kent State one year later, in February 1970.
In 1976 as part of the United States Bicentennial, the informal expansion of Negro History Week to Black History Month was officially recognized by the U.S. government. President Gerald Ford spoke in regards to this, urging Americans to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history." So as I embark on sharing Black and African history, one month will not entail all the richness, and importance contribute to our American culture by Black Americans. I will share black historical facts throughout the year on this blog.
Today in this multi-racial society, Black History is not just for Black Americans, however for all. I hope the historical facts will enlighten you.
Enlightment - the state of having knowledge or understanding : the act of giving someone knowledge or understanding.