Black history month began in 1915. The Harvard historian Carter G. Woodson founded the Association of the Study of Negro Life and History with a prominent minister named Jesse E. Moorland. The organization dedicated itself to researching the achievements of blacks in America and throughout history. By 1926, the organization launched an event known as "Negro History Week". The group chose the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglas. It inspired black communities to launch annual celebrations nationwide and to host academic lectures on African American history.
Over the many decades, state leaders started recognizing negro history week as well as colleges and universities throughout the United States. The civil rights movement propelled negro history week into what is now known as black history month.
What is Black History Month
The month of February is the annual celebration of the achievements of African Americans throughout history. Since 1976, every United States president has regarded the month of February as black history month.
Black history month is also celebrated around the world in places like Canada and the United Kingdom. In America, groups hold festivals and academic lectures to celebrate black history month. The festivals are attended by the young and old alike. People also bring their children to the events.
Universities often hold open debate and seminars on African American history and the achievements of blacks. The discussion are centered around the civil rights movement, slavery and black advancement.
There are a host of notable achievements of African Americans. The achievements range from advancements in medicine, science, technology, sports, military, the presidency and vice presidency. Blacks have come along way since slavery. The voting rights act gave blacks the right to vote in America and the thirteenth amendment ended slavery in the United States. The great heroes of the civil rights movement such as Rosa Parks and Dr King help to end legal segregation in the American south.
Today, blacks hold many different jobs. Some are working classfolks while others are musicians, actors, comedians, sports players, politicians, scientists and doctors.
Many black believe in recognizing their history with a month and through positive progress. It is what black history month has illustrated.
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