READERS: Black History Month Fact of the Day – 88 Years Ago Negro History Week Was Founded, And In 1976 It Became Black History Month

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Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.

Origins of Black History Month

The story of Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States. That September, the Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), an organization dedicated to researching and promoting…

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2 thoughts on “READERS: Black History Month Fact of the Day – 88 Years Ago Negro History Week Was Founded, And In 1976 It Became Black History Month

  1. moorbey says:

    Now I just got home from my grand daughterz school because she made a comment in class that black history started out 4 a week and then later changed to a month but that it was not long enough that, that even 365 waz not long and should not be watered down any longer. So they suspended Lil mama 4 3 dayz. Now tha teacher and tha principal 1st thing out their mouthz I am not a racist ,I have black friendz.
    yet u suspend a 6 yr old child 4 telling tha truth. Racism iz still alive and well here in tha amerikkka’z.
    Lil mama thought she did something wrong and told here she waz right in correcting tha teacher when u believe u are right. Then I told here they never teach u az much about thingz az ur pa pa will 4 u are a black panther in training.

    • Oh, that must have been so hard for her. I was always in trouble for speaking up or asking the wrong questions. I am glad you were there for her. I know there is racism. There is bigotry. There is elitism. I think the best thing is to get a good education and work for change however you are comfortable doing. There is nothing better than showing mean people just how good and equal you are. Hugs, Barbara

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