Hello all Gods Children!
I Know it’s been a while since my last post, but hey! I’m a real life working Women and Single Mother. So sometimes real life gets in the way😩
As we come to the end of BLACK HISTORY MONTH❤️….I want to take you back to the beginning! A lot of us have celebrated BLACK HISTORY MONTH ⚫️ for most of our lives,without knowing or being taught the origin of BLACK HISTORY MONTH💚! For example: Who created BLACK HISTORY MONTH❤️? When did it begin? Why is BLACK HISTORY MONTH⚫️ celebrated in February? Is BLACK HISTORY MONTH💚 only celebrated on the United States?
Well my Kings and Queens 👨🏾❤️👸🏾⚫️👧🏽💚👦🏿 …..Knowledge is is Power✊🏾 and I recently read an an article in Wikipedia that enlightened me on the HISTORY of BLACK HISTORY❤️
Negro History Week (1926)
The precursor to 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 the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and of Frederick Douglass on February 14, both of which dates Black communities had celebrated together since the late 19th century.
From the event’s initial phase, primary emphasis was placed on encouraging the coordinated teaching of the history of American blacks in the nation’s public schools. The first Negro History Week was met with a lukewarm response, gaining the cooperation of the Departments of Education of the states of North Carolina, Delaware, and West Virginia as well as the city school administrations of Baltimore and Washington, D.C.. Despite this far from universal acceptance, the event was regarded by Woodson as “one of the most fortunate steps ever taken by the Association,” and plans for a repeat of the event on an annual basis continued apace.
The expansion of Black History Week to Black History Month was first proposed by the leaders of the Black United Students at Kent State University in February 1969. The first celebration of the Black History Month took place at Kent State one year later, in February 1970.
In 1976 as part of the United States Bicentennial, the informal expansion of Negro History Week to Black History Month was officially recognized by the U.S. government. President Gerald Ford spoke in regards to this, urging Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.
To learn more about the HISTORY❤️ of BLACK HISTORY⚫️ and the other Countries who also celebrate BLACK HISTORY MONTH💚 Click HERE