Black History Month

Black History Month is a yearly celebration of African Americans’ achievements and a time to recognize their central role in U.S. history. Black history month was also known as African American History Month and was also called Negro History Month. Ever since 1976, every U.S. president had officially assigned February as Black History Month. The other countries worldwide, including Canada and the United Kingdom, had also devoted a month to celebrate Black History Month. The story of Black History Month had started months before the year 1915, half a century after the Thirteen Amendment had gotten rid of slavery in the United States. That September, a Harvard-Trained historian named Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister, Jesse E. Moorland, had founded an Association for the Study of Negro Life and history. This organization was dedicated to researching and promoting African Americans’ achievements and other people of African descent. As the Association for Study of African American Life and History, this group had sponsored a national Negro History week in 1962. They had chosen the second week of February to clash with the birthdays of Abraham Lincon and Fredrick Douglass. This event has inspired many schools and communities nationwide to organize local celebrations, create history clubs, and host performances and lectures.

In the decades that had followed after that, mayors and cities across the country began to start yearly proclamations recognizing Negro History Week. By the late 1960s, thanks to the civil rights movement and a growing awareness of Black identity, Negro Week had soon become Black History Month on many college campuses. In 1976, President Gerald Ford had officially recognized Black History Month, calling the public to “seize the opportunity to honor too-often neglected accomplishments of African Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” Ever since 1976, every American President has dedicated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme. Black History month had expanded to more acceptance other than its educational establishments. In 2018, Instagram had created its first-ever Black History Month program. Instagram’s Black History Month program featured a series of first-time creativity, including a #BlackGirlMagic partnership with Spotify and the launch of the #CelebrateBlackCreatives program that had 19+ million followers. In 2020, Black History Month became a focus for many more people across the nation.