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Observing Black History Month

Observing Black History Month

Here’s some information about African American History Month.

February marks the beginning of Black History Month; a month dedicated to honoring the contributions of African Americans throughout American history.  In honor of this month, both the and the NAACP share the following information.

1) In 1926, Carter G. Woodson (African American historian, scholar, educator, and publisher) established the week-long event that would later turn into Black History Month.

2) At first, Black History Month was not widely recognized, however after the growth of the civil rights movement in the 1960s; it received wider recognition throughout America.  It was the leaders of the Black United Students at Kent State University in Ohio that suggested that the week-long event should be extended to a month.

3) Black History Month was established in 1976 when President Gerald Ford officially recognized it as a federal, month-long celebration.  It was chosen to be celebrated in February to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.

4) Frederick Douglass was a former slave and became one of the great American anti-slavery leaders of the 1800s.  He was born into slavery in Maryland but in 1838, at age 20, he escaped to freedom in New York. In later years he became a personal friend of President Abraham Lincoln and he helped to persuade President Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation. He also was a strong supporter of women’s rights.

5) When it first began, Black History Month focused on a different theme every year.  The themes were originally chosen by Carter G. Woodson to help direct public attention.  He hoped to use the themes to bring attention to the issues being highlighted.  This year, the theme of Black History Month is “African Americans in Times of War.”

6) The NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) was formally established on February 12, 1909, as a result of the extreme racial violence of the time.  February 12 was chosen to align with Abraham Lincoln’s birthday.

Join us at The Maria Sanchez Show as we celebrate Black History Month. Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown. Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PST/7:00 p.m. EST.

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