What is Black History Month
Black History Month is an annual observance in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora.
It is celebrated during the month of February in the United States and Canada, and in October in the United Kingdom.
First Day of Black History Month
The first day of Black History Month is February 1st.
The observance of Black History Month began in the United States in February 1926, when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) established it as “Negro History Week.”
The ASALH chose February because it marks the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, both of whom played important roles in the history of African Americans.
The week was expanded to a month in 1976, and February was chosen as the month to recognize and celebrate the contributions and achievements of African Americans throughout history.
The first official celebration of Black History Month took place in February 1976.
During Negro History Week or Black History Month, schools, churches, and community organizations would hold events and educational programs to highlight the achievements and contributions of African Americans. It was intended to be a time for educating the public about the role that African Americans have played in American history, and to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of the contributions of African Americans to society.
In the 1960s, the Civil Rights Movement brought attention to the lack of representation and recognition of black history and culture in the education system and society. In 1976, Negro History Week was expanded to the entire month of February, and it was officially recognized by the U.S government as Black History Month.