By Dakeia Goodman
Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time to recognize their roles in U.S. history. Black History Month was first proposed by black educators and the Black United Students at Kent State University in February 1969. The first celebration of Black History Month took place at Kent State one year later, from January 2 to February 28, 1970. Black history month was founded in 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson. Before it was actually established, Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be “Negro History Week.”
According to www.naacp.org, Black History Month is celebrated across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany and Netherlands, and from school systems to television networks. There are many ways you can celebrate the month.
- Support a Black business
- Visit a Black History or Civil Rights Museum in your local area
- Donate to a Black organization
- Become a member of a Black organization
- Trace your family history
- Spend time with a Black elder in your community
- Read a book by a Black author
- Cook a soul food meal
- donate to an HBCU
- Attend or host a Black culture event in your community
- Learn about an unsung hero of Black history
- Support a Black creative (artist, poet, local musician, etc.)
Although it’s recognized as a month-long celebration, let’s not forget to celebrate Black history all year.