A Brief History behind Black History Month
February is known as the black history month where African Americans get embraced. Important figures in African American history made America what it is today. As you celebrate this month, are you aware of where it all began or the reason? Apparently, black people had no place in society.
The founding father of black history was Carter G. Woodson. Carter’s was bold enough to announce the “Negro History Week” to bring to light a celebration of people who supposedly had no place in history. In 1915, Black History in the U.S schools started with Dr. Carter G. Woodson along with his Colleagues in Chicago. The first celebration occurred on Feb. 12, 1926, where the African American Life and History Life and History (ASALH) sponsored a national Negro History week. It wasn’t until 1976 where it was extended to the full month of Feburary.
The prominent names you hear, such as Martin Luther King and Abraham Lincoln, make African Americans visible to society. Interestingly, the month of February holds birthday celebrations for great African Americans, Abraham Lincoln, and Frederick Douglass. Decades later, together with black lives activists’ efforts and civil rights protests, the black history celebration was enhanced to one a month. This expansion took place after the then-president, Gerald R. Ford, announced a national adherence to the black history celebration. After the Pioneer’s death, a foundation was named after him, and its primary role had been ensuring that February marks a black history celebration.
If you are a Jazz music lover, you might want to embrace black history through music. Jazz music is also one symbol in blacks’ history because it was formed by African Americans, originating from Louisiana in the 19th century.
This month, you can do something special in honor of black history. You can tune into some Jazz music by Louis Armstrong, watch a documentary of Martin Luther King or our documentary, Sankofa Chicago, or support a black-owned business, to appreciate the far black people have come in the United States.
Take the Black History Quiz