Somewhere in America, Stacey Dash is upset.
Oh well, Happy Black History Month!
An annual celebration of achievements made by African-Americans, Black History Month, recognizes our phenomenal role and attributions to American history. An extension of Negro History Week, has been celebrated throughout the month of February since 1976.
In 1915, following the passing of the Thirteenth Amendment, historian Carter G. Woodson and minister Jesse E. Moorland, founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. ASNLH, an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by black Americans is presently known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.
In 1926, the group sponsored a national Negro History week selecting the second week of February as it honored the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. By the late 1960s, Negro History Week had evolved into Black History Month on the campuses of many colleges. Thus leading President Gerald R. Ford to officially recognize the observance in 1976, encouraging the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
To this day, February remains designated as Black History Month.
Throughout this month and always, let’s say it loud: I’m Black and I’m Proud!
Cover Photo: NAACP