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February Is Black History Month

Celebrate The Achievements Of Black Americans This Month

The United States and Canada celebrate Black History Month or the African Heritage Month during February.  It is designed to remember the important people in the history of Africa and to celebrate the achievements of African Americans. The celebration is rightly observed in the month of February, the birth month of Abraham Lincoln and Frederic Douglass.

The celebration of Black History month began in 1926 and was started by Carter G Woodson, a black scholar, educationist and historian. At this time it was observed as the ‘Negro History Week’. This was changed to a full month celebration in 1976.

The two men who changed the lives of black Americans, President Abraham Lincoln, the creator of the emancipation proclamation, was born on February 12th, and Frederic Douglass, a former slave, abolitionist and a politician who was born on February 14th are honored during their birth month. Woodson also dedicated his time to develop books, magazines and newspapers to publicize the African American achievements.

In the beginning of the twentieth century, not one of the textbooks or curricula mentioned the Black American or any of their achievements. The tradition of Black History Month started to explore Black History. The commemoration is also aimed at making folks more aware and educating us about African history.

This celebration allows Africans Americans and all other Americans to reflect and to learn more about the achievements and advancements that were made by individuals and communities.  The observation of the Black History Week became one of the very important parts of the civil rights movement during the 1950’s and 1960’s.

Black History Month is celebrated with community wide events and the observance takes place in schools, churches, and work places. During the month the students of schools and other educational institutions hold seminars, classes, crafts and quiz competitions to educate new generations about the history of the African Americans, the important personalities and their contributions. They are also made aware of the practice of slavery and the civil rights movement in the last century through presentations and reenactments.

Some folks choose to celebrate by attending church services or religious services. Musical events and parties are also conducted featuring African original music and music styles introduced by black performers and traditional foods. Many displays and exhibitions are held to give a detailed description about various personalities from Africa who created a mark of their own in the pages of world history.

We hope you find great means for celebrating Black History Month! To catch up on the latest from The Maria Sanchez Show, download the latest podcast today.

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