When’s Black History Month
Carter G. Woodson, the “father of Black history,” instituted Negro History Week in February 1926 as the precursor of Black History Month.
The Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, founded by this historian, aims to encourage “people of all ethnic and social backgrounds to discuss the Black experience“.
The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASAALH), which he founded, is now the oldest historical association dedicated to advancing the study of African American life and history in the United States.
His organization was later renamed the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASAALH) and is currently the oldest historical society established for the promotion of African American history.
About Black History Month Facts
As the “Father of Black History,” Carter G. Woodson was born in Virginia to former slaves in 1875. After working as a coal miner to earn some extra cash, he was able to attend one of the few high schools in the area that catered to black pupils.
He earned a PhD in history from Harvard University throughout the course of his career. He issued a press statement in 1926 to commemorate the inaugural US Black History Week. Carter G. Woodson dedicated his life to promoting black history in classrooms, leaving an unforgettable mark on the minds of generations to come.
February has been recognized as Black History Month in the United States since 1976, when the celebration was enlarged.
Why Black History Month is in February
For the week-long event, Woodson picked February because it falls on the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Both men were instrumental in the abolition of slavery.
Douglass and Lincoln’s birthdays have long been commemorated in the African-American community, so Woodson wanted to expand on those traditions. According to a statement from the Association for the Knowledge of African American Life and History (ASAALH), “He was requesting that the public deepen their study of Black history, not to establish a new tradition.”
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Black History Month Quotes
As a man, “the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in periods of ease and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
—M.L. King Junior
A person’s success should not be judged just on the level of success they’ve achieved, but rather on the level of difficulty they’ve conquered along the way.
“I always thought that the worst feeling in the world is settling, therefore I always followed my heart or my instincts, when I actually followed the things that felt fantastic to me.”
It’s been said that “challenges are gifts that compel us to look for a new center of gravity. Don’t get into a fight with them. Just try a different posture.” ― Oprah Winfrey.
Everything excellent is built on self-belief and an understanding of one’s identity.
Waiting for another person or another moment will not bring about change. And now, at long last, we’ve arrived. Ultimately, “We are the change we want.”
― President Barack Obama
“It is impossible to achieve anything in life if you lack the confidence to take chances.”
In other words, “no one can have serenity until he has his freedom,” as the saying goes.
– Martin Luther King Jr
Liberation is not only the removal of one’s own shackles; it is also a manner of life characterized by a commitment to preserving and enhancing the liberty of others.”
– Nelson Mandela
Even if you have a lot of money or a lot of accomplishments, it doesn’t matter. Those achievements are only as good as what you’ve done with them. It’s about the people you’ve helped to rise to a higher level. In the end, “it’s about what you’ve contributed.”
– Denzel Washington
“Our humanity is intertwined because we can only be human as a species as a whole.”
— Desmond Tutu
To know exactly what I want and what I can’t stand has been liberating.” I’ve come to realize that no one else but myself is responsible for my well-being.
More than 9,000 shots have gone unanswered in my professional career. Nearly 300 games later, I’m still a loser. Over the course of my career, I’ve been given the opportunity to make the game-winning shot 26 times. Over the course of my life, I’ve had numerous setbacks. That’s why I’m so successful.”
– Michael Jordan
“I cherish my physical appearance and would never do anything to alter that. The only thing I’m requesting is that you don’t dislike my body. Allowing me to be who I am is all I’m asking
– Serena Williams
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Black History Month Colors
Black, red, yellow, and green are the official colors of BHM. Also known as the “pan-African” colors, they may be found in many African textiles. The original list did not contain yellow. Yellow was inspired by the Ethiopian flag. Europeans were unable to conquer Ethiopia because its indigenous population was too strong for them to manage.
What is the significance of each of the colors associated with Black History Month? In the context of Africans and persons of African origin, “black” refers to the color of their skin. Optimism, fairness, and equality for all people are symbolized by the color yellow. The color green represents the abundance of natural resources in Africa. Slavery, racism, and colonialism were all fought against by people of color, and the color red symbolizes the pain and suffering they endured.
Businesses often display flags or banners in the colors of Black History Month in February to celebrate this significant occasion. Students and members of the public also organize elaborate activities to raise awareness of African culture and history at different institutions.