Black History Month

*African American history is American History. Therefore, I believe it should not be taught separately. I also believe that with the creation of a designated month, we think that whatever we can fit into this time period will suffice for our black history lessons for the year, which is depriving our society of critical information. I encourage you to find time throughout the year to educate yourself and your children on its importance and history. Here is a good place to start. (link)

When is it celebrated?

It is celebrated the month of February.

Who celebrates it?

It is primarily celebrated in the US, but also Canada and the UK.  The UK observes it in October.

Where does it originate from?

In 1926, Carter G. Woodson and other leaders created Negro History Week to honor African Americans and their achievements, and promote the teaching of it in schools.  The second week of February was chosen because it fell on Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglass’ birthdays. It grew into a month-long celebration from there, and in 1976 President General Ford declared February officially Black History Month.  Every year after the president has chosen a theme.

Traditions:

  • Celebrating African American culture and history
  • Attending parades, festivals, and lectures
  • Teaching of African American history in schools
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