Black History Month, also known as National African American History Month, is a yearly celebration of African American achievement. The event takes place during the month of February in the United States, but other countries also devote a month to their own celebrations.
Black History Month began with the Association for the Study of African American Life and History as Negro History Week in 1926. Founders of this organization, Carter G. Woodson and Jesse E. Moorland, wanted to create a group dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by black Americans. The second week of February was chosen for Negro History Week because it coincides with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Schools and communities across the nation organized celebrations, performances, and lectures as a result.
For decades, mayors declared Negro History Week in their cities. This evolved into Black History Month on college campuses during the 1960’s due to the budding Civil Rights Movement. In 1976, President Gerald R. Ford officially designated Black History Month. Since then, every American president has designated February as Black History Month.
Dudley DeBosier is celebrating Black History Month by highlighting African American accomplishment over the years in the United States. Check out our Facebook page and Twitter feed for interesting facts about African American leaders and icons who made our country so great. Then tune in to “The Journey: 450 Years of the African-American Experience” to learn the little known true story of the first African Americans to reach the new world, not as slaves but as free men. The firm is sponsoring this documentary that will air on Fox 44 on Saturday, February 7 at 9 P.M. and Saturday, February 12 at 12 A.M. then on NBC 33 on Saturday, February 21 at 5:30 P.M.
Everyone at the firm looks forward to celebrating Black History Month. It is so important to learn and appreciate the history of the United States, and African Americans have played a critical role in where our country is today.