February is Black History Month, a tribute to the generations of Black Americans who struggled through adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society. Black History Month is a time to recognize the group’s role and their significant contributions to not just our country, but the rest of the world, including in the fields of science, politics, law, sports, the arts, and entertainment.
Black History Month started as Black History Week in 1926 when historian Carter G. Woodson, now known as the “Father of Black History,” created an organization called the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASALH), which was dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by Black Americans and other peoples of African descent. In 1976, President Gerald Ford officially recognized the holiday and established a nationwide observance every February as Black History Month.
Thanks to the impactful work of Woodson and the ASALH, information on the contributions of persons of African descent to our nation and world is currently taught in schools and University. Black History is featured in television documentaries and in local and national museums. It is conveyed through literature, the visual arts, and music. The great culture of Black History can be seen in national park sites and in the preservation of historic homes, buildings, and even cemeteries. Black History Month is a special tribute—a time of acknowledgement, of reflection, and inspiration—that comes to life in real and ongoing activities throughout the year. It is so important to preserve these histories and be able to fully learn of our past and the inheritances they bring.
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We recognize, honor, and acknowledge the contributions and achievements of Black Americans, and are dedicated to making impactful changes every day for the community.