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Black History Month Is for Everyone


February provides an opportunity to celebrate Black History Month and reflect on the life-changing contributions that those of African descent have made to the world. Interestingly, the history of Black History Month itself provides a window into why it is so important to know, remember, and celebrate black history.

Who Started Black History Month?

Black History Month came onto the American scene in the meek clothing of “Negro History Week,” which was held during the second week of February (7–14) in 1926.

Where Is Black History Month Celebrated?

Activists for racial equality in the United States, the Caribbean, and Africa helped spread a new racial pride called “black consciousness” around the world.

Why Is It Important to Study Black History?

Black history is important because black history is American history. It is not a separate subject. We highlight black history to continue to understand how black narratives are tightly woven and integrated into the narrative of the United States as a whole. The same is true worldwide.

Why Do We Celebrate Black History Month?

Black History Month highlights the lasting contributions of black men and women in society. Woodson felt that this remembering was important and that such an education would motivate others to rise to their potential. Now, we dedicate an entire month to recognize the meaningful impact that individuals of African descent have made to enrich American culture, expand democracy, strengthen families, and make a better society for all.