68. The Origin of Black History Month

Posted: January 27, 2010 in African American, Black History, Black Pride, Culture
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Many of you who follow this blog know that February is our favorite time of year.  While you may be knowledgeable of Black History Month, your astuteness may fall short on the origin of the same.

What is presently known as Black History Month was originated in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson as Negro History Week.  The month of February was selected in deference to Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln who were both born in that month.

Carter G. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in 1915 to train Black historians and to collect, preserve, and publish documents on Black life and Black people (not all that dissimilar from FathersFootprints.com). He also founded the Journal of Negro History (1916), Associated Publishers (1922), and the Negro Bulletin (1937). Woodson spent his life working to educate all people about the significant and vast contributions made by Black men and women throughout history.  Mr. Woodson died on April 3, 1950 and left Black History Month as his legacy.

While we appreciate the birthing of Black History Month, let’s not lose sight of several other significant occurrences within our history that took place during the month of February:

February 23, 1868: W. E. B. DuBois, important civil rights leader and co-founder of the NAACP, was born.

February 3, 1870: The 15th Amendment was passed, granting blacks the right to vote.

February 25, 1870: The first black U.S. senator, Hiram R. Revels (1822-1901), took his oath of office.

February 12, 1909: The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded by a group of concerned black and white citizens in New York City.

February 1, 1960: In what would become a civil-rights movement milestone, a group of black Greensboro, N.C., college students began a sit-in at a segregated Woolworth’s lunch counter.

February 21, 1965: Malcolm X, the militant leader who promoted Black Nationalism, was shot to death by three Black Muslims.

Carter G. opened the door and blazed a trail.  It is up to present day Blacks to continue to educate our youth on the significance and importance of our history – even if they are resistant.

D’s 2¢

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Comments
  1. Greenwood says:

    D2 – Just wanted to commend you on your work. Your site has become a frequent & steady read for me. I truly enjoy the African American history that your site shares. Please, keep up the GREAT work and I will pass your site on to others.

  2. Sabin Duncan says:

    Amazing is the immensity of attempting to share these facts we know so well with a generation who does not fully grasp the struggle behind the opportunities they take for granted. We have our work cut out for us, but thankfully brothers like you lead the way!

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