We are seven days into black history month and fortunately this month is about more than just love, it’s also black history month.
What is Black History Month?
Black History Month is an annual celebration that started in the US in 1926. It was conceived by historian Carter G Woodson who proposed marking a time to honour African Americans and raise awareness of Black history.
How did it start?
In 1915, in response to the lack of information on the accomplishments of Black people available to the public, historian Carter G. Woodson co-founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. In 1926, the group declared the second week of February as “Negro History Week” to recognize the contributions of African Americans to U.S. history. Few people studied Black history and it wasn’t included in textbooks prior to the creation of Negro History Week.
How is it celebrated?
In the US, Black History Month is celebrated with a range of activities, including events at universities, museums, public schools as well as within different communities across the country.
Every year there is also a theme that marks the celebration. This year’s theme is focused on Black people’s health and wellness.