Video Of The Week - February Is Black History Month

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Every February, Americans celebrate Black History Month. It was established in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, a historian who wanted to ensure that significant contributions made by African American men and women throughout history, would never be forgotten.

Woodson picked the second week of February for what he called Negro History Week because it coincides with the birthdays of two US leaders that helped African Americans gain equality - President Abraham Lincoln (Feb 12) and human rights activist, Frederick Douglass (Feb 14). He encouraged schools and communities across the country to celebrate the week by organizing local events, establishing history clubs and staging performances and lectures. His idea resonated with both African Americans and the progressive white population. By the late 1960's, many college campuses began dedicating the entire month of February to this endeavor and Black History Month was born.

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In 1976, President Gerald R. Ford endorsed the celebration, asking the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of African Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

Since then, Black History Month has been a fixture on the American calendar. Every year the Association for the Study of African American Life & History assigns a unique theme. For 2016 they selected Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories.

It was picked to highlight the centennial celebration of the National Park Service and the more than twenty-five sites and the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom that are part of America’s hallowed grounds. Among them is the home of Dr. Carter G, Woodson, the mastermind of this celebration. Canada also celebrates the month in February, while the United Kingdom commemorates the event in October.

Resources: history.com

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407 Comments
  • kaylabarbie111
    kaylabarbie111Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 8:11 am
    love it because it talks bout something that happen back in the days and i wish i can see it but i cant but still it teaches every kid something they really wanted to learn❤💕
    • Connor MullenThursday, February 28, 2019 at 4:45 am
      I love it
      • animalgirl66
        animalgirl66Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 7:20 am
        cool
        • mr.manzTuesday, February 5, 2019 at 5:53 am
          this dope
          • k1330048
            k1330048Friday, November 16, 2018 at 7:57 am
            People with a different skin color should not be treated differently than anybody because we are all human it does not matter what our skin color is and our ancestors should of known that!!!!
            • ajg16
              ajg16Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 12:58 pm
              It didn't matter what your skin color is, it matters of how you act as a human. Our ancestors should've known better.
              • GlitchMonday, October 15, 2018 at 9:32 pm
                It's sad that black people (my ancestors) we're treated this way. It doesn't matter if your what he black red or yellow
                • ZachFriday, September 21, 2018 at 2:16 pm
                  we should celebrate
                  • leylaniSaturday, March 24, 2018 at 12:41 pm
                    @demetrious no duhh thats why its called february is black history month
                    • savagekid932
                      savagekid932Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 1:55 pm
                      he knows that cause black history is all about that you state a point and you stick to it no matter what
                    • demetriousThursday, February 15, 2018 at 4:41 pm
                      this is all about black history