The History of Black History Month….

The history of Black History Month dates back to 1915, and the idea from the mind of Carter G. Woodson! An alumnus of Chicago University, Woodson traveled from Washington D.C. to Chicago to celebrate the 50th year of emancipation from slavery, sponsored by the state of Illinois. Thousands traveled to see exhibits and contributions since the demise of slavery years prior. Woodson joined the exhibitors to display his work, and black history exhibit. After leaving the 3 week event, Woodson teamed up with 3 partners and formed The A.S.N.L.H. (The Association for the Study of Negro Life and History). Woodson established The Journal of Negro History in 1916. Woodson urged Black civic organizations and researchers to promote the achievements and findings of their research. In 1924, the creation of Negro Literature and History Week began. Some say Black History Month was created in February for the significance of 2 people that impacted black history. Abraham Lincoln, and Frederick Douglass, whose birthdays are February 12th, and the 14th! Therefore celebrating reasons of tradition, and reform. An official press release started in February 1926 for the first Negro History Week, to help popularize black history. By the 1940’s, efforts moved to teach black history in black communities, schools, and bring awareness amongst the public. By the mid 1960’s during the Civil Rights Era, Negro History Week was already being celebrated as a month long tradition in different areas of the United States. In 1976, 50 years after it’s first start, Negro History Week  became what we now know as Black History Month! A celebration of the history and achievements of African Americans and their contributions not only to this country, but to humanity. Black History Month since the 1970’s, has been endorsed by every President, Democrat, Republican, and has been issued proclamations to The Association for the Study of Negro Life and History’s annual celebration!

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