Black History month Is February of every year and serves as a 28-day long commemoration of the contribution of African Americans and their history to civilization.
It began in the twentieth century when activists on the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now called the Association for the Study of African American Life and History) held their first “Negro History Week “in February of 1926. This organization was founded by Carter G. Woodson, who was a Harvard historian and believed that truth and reason would prevail in the face of prejudice. When he died twenty four years later, this week was a central part of the lives of African Americans and there were many people who came to appreciate the progress made in acknowledging the contributions and achievements Black people had in America.
By the time the 1960’s rolled around and the Civil Rights movement ensued, people of all races and statues (even mayors) began celebrating Black history and culture. It wasn’t until 1976 that this celebration was expanded to a month when President Gerald R. Ford told Americans to, “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history” and at the point, many more Americans had come to realize the significance of this commemoration.
It’s for this reason that the Library of Congress, the National Archives and Records Administration, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Gallery of Art, the National Park Service, the Smithsonian, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum pay tribute to generation of African Americans who prevailed in the face of adversity to gain full citizenship in American society. Be on the lookout for low or free of charge activities in your community especially for the little ones around the DC metropolitan area this month!
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