This month we not only learn about the origins and environments black people endured in this country, but we also commemorate those who sacrificed, dedicated, and created various inventions, political reform, music, etc. to make life more enjoyable for all. We celebrate Black History to acknowledge the roots of African Americans and the brilliance that they are and continue to become; however, did you know when the first Black History month celebration began?
In 1926 the celebration of black history was known as “Negro History Week” created by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, who was a scholar, historian, educator, and publisher. Prior to this Black history was never taught or brought to the forefront of education. It wasn’t until 1976 that “Negro History Week” was extended to what is now Black History Month; the month of February was chosen as the month of celebration because it encompasses Fredrick Douglass’s and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays. To read more in depth facts and watch videos about Black History Month, visit these sites:Black Past, History Channel, & Black History Month .