Celebrating Black History Month

February is Black History Month, an annual tribute to generations of African Americans whose invaluable contributions to this country were achieved in the face of tremendous adversity.  Originally a week-long observance created in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, the event was celebrated in February to acknowledge the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.  In 1976, the celebration was expanded to a month by President Gerald R. Ford, who urged Americans to: “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” The  Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) carries the momentum forward by  promoting the study of Black history throughout the year.  Learn more about it at the Library of Congress page dedicated to the event.

 

 


Published by Barbara Kokot on January 27, 2021
Last Modified March 04, 2021