The History of Black History Month and Why it is Celebrated


Amiyah Darden, Editor: Virginia Bates

Black History Month is a celebration of African-American history that began in the United States in 1926. It wasn’t even a month when Black History Month began; it was only a week.

Two people, known as Carter G. Woodson and Jesse E. Moorland, created a foundation known as the Study of Negro Life and History in 1915. The foundation continued to grow and thrive and held different events. The purpose of this organization was to allow African Americans to learn about their history and the stereotypes they were held responsible for so they could defy them.

During the second week of February, the association held an event known as National Negro History Week. Their goal was to have a week dedicated to African American leaders, activists, and contributors. Coincidentally, this week took place during two African American activists’ birthday months. Their names are Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas.

Abraham Lincoln is known for creating the Emancipation Proclamation. The Emancipation Proclamation is a document stating that “all persons held as slaves ” within the rebellious states ” are, hencefoward shall be free”. Frederick Douglas is known for traveling to deliver speeches as well as joining the American Anti-Slavery Society to fight against those holding African Americans captive.

The week became a tradition over the years. The second week of February evolved into the entire month of February. February is now known as Black History Month. A month where we appreciate and recognize African Americans who worked, fought and died for their peoples freedom.