February is Black History Month

Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.”  -Carter G. Woodson

February is Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, and is a time to celebrate the achievements and acknowledge the inspiration of African Americans in the United States. Around the world; countries such as Canada and those in the United Kingdom also dedicate a month to celebrate African/African American history. Unlike those countries, the U.S. began celebrating Black History Month in 1979. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) was founded by University of Chicago graduate Carter G. Woodson in 1915, and was the first step to creating such an important commemoration. The ASALH initiated the first African American History Week in February, 1926. This week was selected because it included the birthdays of two important and influential figures in African American history, Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. In 1976, President Ford and the ASALH expanded African American commemoration by the creation of African American History Month. The importance of African American figures is celebrated throughout February to honor their roles and contributions to the United States.

For more information on Black History Month visit our previous blogs commemorating important African American figures:

https://crownlibrary.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/ralph-bunche-first-african-american-noble-peace-prize-winner/

https://crownlibrary.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/happy-birthday-toni-morrison/

https://crownlibrary.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/hiram-r-revels-the-first-african-american-congressman/

https://crownlibrary.wordpress.com/2014/02/28/eartha-kitt-the-beyonce-of-her-time/

Photo Credit:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/58785868@N02/7111227805/sizes/o/

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