History of Black History Month


Margaret Boyle, Junior High Staff Writer

In the United States, Black History month is in February. It is a month to celebrate and acknowledge the incredible achievements of African Americans. It isn’t only celebrated in the US but Canada and the UK also have months to celebrate. In September 1915, about a half a century after slavery was outlawed, Carter Woodson and Jesse Moorland created the Association of Negro Life and History (ASNLH). This group sponsored Negro History Week which inspired communities to celebrate African American lives and history. Negro History Week was is the second week in February to celebrate Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Douglas’ birthdays. Over time this week has turned into a month to celebrate Black History. In 1976, President Ford made Black History Month a nationwide celebration. Each year has had a theme to go along with the holiday. The 2022 theme is Black Health and Wellness. This month check out African American pioneers like Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman or anyone else you may know. Also help support black creators that you like or watch and learn more about the history of African Americans.