What Is The History Of Black History Month

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A quote from the man that started Black History month. Mr. Carter Woodson
photo: wbac.tamu.edu

Not only is February LOVE month, but it’s also Black History Month.  Over the next few weeks, we are going to discuss the national theme of Black History Month: African Americans in Times of War. Some very important people helped pave the path and I hope these next few weeks open your mind, your heart, and discussion with your children and others around you.  Race discussions don’t have to be uncomfortable.  This week let’s take a look at reasons why we celebrate Black History Month; a bit of history behind the history of Black History Month.

What Is The History of Black History Month 

When did black history month begin?

Black history month began in 1962 by Mr. Carter Woodson.  Mr. Woodson chose the month of February around the birthdays of two men that played important roles in black history; Fredrick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln.  It all began as Negro History week, the second week of February.  It later became celebrated as a full month.

A quote from Mr. Carter Woodson. Black History Month
photo of Mr. Woodson from cpnas.org

Why did black history month begin?

Black history month is a time that we celebrate and honor the achievements and contributors of Black Americans in history.  The goal in starting Black History Month was to ensure school children and others learn about the important strives and way makers in black history.  Black Americans were not mentioned in history books nor discussed for accomplishments or works.

Quote from Carter Woodson The mere imparting of information is not education.

Some people are uncomfortable talking about race and even more uncomfortable when talking about the history of Black Americans.  On a personal note, little was taught to me in school growing up.  Not much had changed from 1926 to the 90’s.  My history lessons covered the following:

  • Black people were slaves
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Rosa Parks
  • George Washington Carver

Yep, that’s about it.  As a kid, I remember my church hosting Black History events and a Black History Bowl each year.  We competed with other black churches around the community, and that’s where I learned more about people that fought and stood for equal rights.

What Is The History of Black History Month. Who is the man behind it?
photo from: History.com Please click photo for credit

As a mother in 2018, I still do not see much Black History taught in schools.  We can ask ourselves who to blame, or we can take time to educate our youth about history; the full story. Some great men and women paved the way for black Americans. Actually, they paved the way for all people, not just black and just not Americans.  I hope I can share a little bit about a few of these people over the next few weeks and hopefully it will spark some conversations in your home.

Do you talk about Black History at home?  Do you feel Black History month is important?  Maybe you have a favorite quote you want to share.  Let’s get this conversation started.  Share below and click subscribe on the right sidebar to be notified when my next post is HOT OFF THE PRESS.

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  1. Thanks Sybil, I am very much looking forward to catching up with what your sharing and to know more. I had to deal with some issues with a grandson’s friend and I think it’s time we incorporate Black History into our curriculm.

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