Black History Month
What is Black History Month? Black History Month, also called African American History Month, is a monthlong celebration of African American history and achievement. It takes place annually during the month of February in the United States.
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Day 1 of celebrating modern Black history in #Lowcountry! In 1982, Travis Ascue made history as the first African American athlete in the South Carolina Independent School Athletic Association at East Cooper School in Mt. Pleasant. 🏆✨ #BlackHistoryMonth pic.twitter.com/Dpzsumk1rf— Rep. Nancy Mace (@RepNancyMace) February 1, 2024
When is Black History Month? Black History Month is celebrated every year during the month of February in the United States.
When was Black History Month first celebrated? Black History Month was first celebrated in 1976. The idea was developed by historian Carter G. Woodson and a group of fellow scholars, who together organized a Negro History Week, beginning in February 1926. Negro History Week slowly grew in popularity and in 1976 was expanded into African American History Month, with U.S. President Gerald Ford encouraging Americans to celebrate.
Why is Black History Month in February? Black History Month takes place in February because February is the birth month of President Abraham Lincoln (born February 12, 1809) and abolitionist Frederick Douglass (believed to have been born in February 1818).
How is Black History Month celebrated? Black History Month is celebrated with events at public schools, universities, and museums and in individual communities that honour the achievements and hardships of historical and contemporary African Americans. In the 21st century it has been sponsored at a national level by organizations such as the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution. Credit: Britannica