National Black History Month
Although National Black History Month was officially recognized in the United States and Canada, it is spreading around the globe with the UK, Ireland and Netherlands joining the ranks. Now it’s time to share more information about the month and its unique history.
National Black History Month was established as a way to recollect the important events and people of the African diaspora’s history. It is a month that promotes education, recognition, and remembrance. People of all races can look at the amazing figures of Black History and raise awareness about the problems that still exist in society regarding racism and the rights of black people. National Black History Month is all about education. It is an opportunity for everyone to expand their knowledge and broaden their horizons.
Some people believe that National Black History Month can be traced back at “Negro History Week,” which Carter G. Woodson created in 1926 with the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. But its origins go back further. Woodson, along with his friends, traveled from Chicago to Washington D.C. in celebration of the 50th anniversary the emancipation for black people. These were just a few of the many thousands of black Americans who traveled across the country in that summer to celebrate the progress made since the end of slavery.
Woodson started The Journal of Negro History in 1916. This led to the creation of a new publication, The Journal of Negro History. Finally, the precursor to National Black History Month was established ten years later.
Woodson chose a week in February because it coincided with Abraham Lincoln (12th of February) and Frederick Douglass (1/4 of Feb). Both dates are long celebrated in black communities because of their influence on black history.
Although the idea was born around 50 years ago, National Black History Month was only created in 1970. The Black United Students and educators of black thought it was a good idea, and it was first suggested at Kent State University, Ohio, USA in 1969. It was celebrated in the United States for the first time six years later. This was when Gerald Ford, then President, recognized National Black History Month as part of the United States Bicentennial celebrations.
He stated that Americans should:
Take the chance to recognize the achievements of Black Americans in all areas of endeavor throughout history
National Black History Month was established in other countries. The United Kingdom celebrated the first National Black History Month celebrations in 1987. The observance takes place in October in the United Kingdom, Ireland and the Netherlands.
There are many ways people can celebrate National Black History Month in meaningful ways. These are just a few of the many creative ideas that you can try.
Most people should be encouraged and motivated to learn more about black history. This includes the history of their local area. Find out how slaves arrived in particular areas, and how they were freed, including information about the United States Civil War of the 1860s, abolishment of slavery in Britain in 1833, and other historical events.
Spend some time learning about the untold heroes of Black History. You can do some digging to learn more about black people who stood up for their rights and fought for them. These individuals should be celebrated during National Black History Month.
Interactive learning is a great way to connect. This would be a great opportunity to visit a museum that focuses on different aspects of the history and culture of black people. You can’t make it in person. That’s okay! Many of these museums offer many resources online. These museums are worth a visit:
Consider buying something from a black-owned company during National Black History Month. You can also spread the word and show your support for these businesses via various social media platforms. It is a great way to give back to the black community by supporting tenacious, passionate entrepreneurs.
Supporting black non-profits is a great way to get involved during National Black History Month. SisterLove, NAACP and Black Girls Code are just a few examples. Black Lives Matter, The Center for Black Equity and Black PAC (which organizes African voters) are all other examples. To learn more about how you can get involved, contact your local chapter.