What is Black History Month?
Black History month is an annual celebration of achievements made by African Americans, and a time of recognizing their central role in the U.S History.
Who started Black History Month?
Great Question, Carter G. Woodson better known as "Father of Black History" developed Black History Month. Although his parents were enslaved, that didn't stop Woodson from becoming an Author, Historian , and the Second African American to earn a Ph.D at Harvard University.
Why is February Black History Month?
Woodson chose the Second week of February to coincide with the birthday of Frederick Douglas, a famed abolitionist who escaped slavery. He also wanted it to coincide with Abraham Lincoln since he was the one whom formally abolished slavery.
Why is Black History Month so important?
Woodson believed it was important for our younger generations to know about their heritage and indefinitely understand it as well. He felt that " Those whom have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history. "
How to celebrate Black History Month?
Educate yourself more on not just what Black History Month was about, but also try to get more familiar with people whom played a major role during that time. Ask about truths and if possible question, question question. Try to understand Black History from a Black perspective.
Down below is a list of iconic people that played an important role in our Black History:
- Martin Luther King : (Born: January 15, 1968) was a Baptist Minister and a social rights activist. Martin Luther King Jr. was a leader of the American civil rights movement.
- Rosa Parks (Born: February 4, 1913) was a an American activist in the civil rights movement. She was bets known for her pivotal role in the Montgomery bus boycott . The congress called her " the mother of freedom movement" .
- George Washington Carver (Born: January 1, 1864) was an American agricultural scientist and an inventor who promoted alternative crops to cotton and methods to prevent soil depletion. He was the most prominent scientist of the early 20th century.
- Carter G Woodson (Born: December 19, 1875 )better known as "Father of Black History" was an American Historian, Author, Journalist, and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.
- Frederick Douglas (Born: February 20, 1895) was an American Social reformer, abolitionist, Orator, Writer , and statesman. He was known for escaping slavery in Maryland. Frederick Douglas was a national leader for the abolitionists movement in Massachusetts and New York; that also lead him to become famous for his oratory and incisive antislavery writings.