Since 1976, every president has issued a national decree designating February as Black History Month to recognize the central role of African Americans in the history of the United States. Black History Month is more than just a celebration. It is also time to reflect on the ongoing struggle for racial justice in the country.
How did this celebration begin and why is it celebrated in February?
History of Black History Month
Black History Month was first visualized when Carter G. Woodson, a historian who received his Ph.D. At Harvard and Jesse Morland was established The “Negro Life and History Association” in 1915. This organization aimed to celebrate the achievements of African Americans and encouraged the study of black history as its specialization.
To ensure that African Americans are part of American history, the researchers launched the “Negro History Week” in 1926. They chose the second week of February because it was the week Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln were born.
By the 1960s, universities and colleges had changed the week into a month-long celebration of black history on campus. However, the official recognition came in 1976 when President Gerald Ford I signed a decree Make Black History Month a national celebration.
Now, Black History Month has been adopted by provinces around the world including Canada and the United Kingdom.
Black History Month 2021
Every year, there is a theme for Black History Month. The topics reflect the aspirations of African Americans as well as how race affects social movements. This year focuses on The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity
From the election of the first black vice president to an unprecedented campaign for racial justice, the past year has brought many historic events to African Americans. This year, blacks have also suffered major hurdles. Police brutality, job losses and Disproportionate mortality Of the illnesses associated with COVID were just some of the challenges affecting African Americans.
Therefore, while celebrating the countless achievements of black men and women throughout history, it is also important to push for change and work toward creating an ethnically just society.