What Is Black History Month?

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Oluwadamilola Afe, Dakota Meekins//Editor

Black History Month takes place every February. Its main purpose is to acknowledge all of the prominent figures and leaders in Black America, highlighting all the struggles and steps it took to achieve equality. It’s an extremely important month for African Americans, and still relevant today as we never forget the things our ancestors had gone through to stand as they can today. When did we start our month of remembrance, and how does it continue to grow today?

Black History Month began in 1915. This was decades after slavery was abolished. During this time, Carter G. Woodson and minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (known as ASNLH). This organization had the purpose of remembering and promoting achievements by African Americans and those of African descent. That group today is known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). The month of February was chosen by the association since it coincides with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, two important figures in black history.

The creation of Black History Month inspired many schools and organizations at the time to hold events in its place, such as lectures, parades, and performances for the month of remembrance. Many colleges at the time adopted it when it was called “Negro History Month,” which over time evolved into the now known “Black History Month.”

Black History Month is a month to recognize the accomplishments and achievements of the pioneers and drivers of black society in America. It is an important month for anyone of Black descent! Knowing what your heritage has gone through and highlighting their achievements helps us move forward in changing the world we live in today.