Much More Than A Month

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As we near the end of February, it is only right that we feature Black History Month and all the influences African Americans have made on this country. Though everyone knows February is Black History Month, did you know where it originated?

 

The forerunner of Black History Month was created in 1926 in the United States when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be “Negro History Week.” This week was chosen because it coincided with Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on February 12 and of Frederick Douglass’ on February 14, both of which dates Black communities had celebrated.

College students believed Negro Week wasn’t enough to celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans and started celebrating the achievements of influential black people the whole month of February. It wasn’t until 1976 when President Gerald Ford addressed the nation saying we (as a country) needed to, “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history,” that Black History Month was created. Every president since has enforced the Black History Month tradition in the United States and many nations such as Canada and the United Kingdom have also designated a month to celebrate blacks. 

 

At the beginning of Black History Month this year, Google put together this iconic video that went viral all across the globe. The video showcases the monumental deeds done by African Americans by statistically giving the “most searched” topics on google that highlighted black excellence in America. Take the time to watch this amazing clip.