Black History Month

Shaiyann Palmore

Black History month is quickly approaching. However Black History Month wasn’t always a month long. Carter G. Woodson, African American Historian, educator, and publisher ¬†established Negro History Week in 1926. It became a month long event in 1976. Black History Month is celebrated to recognize the achievements of African Americans. This celebration is observed in the Unites States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, and in the Netherlands. Black History Month is held in February because Negro History Week covered the birthdays of Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln. During creation the of this month long celebration associations such as the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History were also created. While the goal of Black History month is to advertise the accomplishments of African Americans it also is a time to reflect on the roots from which they originated.