The Importance of Black History Month

Every February, Black History Month (BHM) is celebrated by POC (people of color) to look back and honor the achievements of black activists and look back on how far we have come to give us feeling of relief. To give a very brief history of BHM, it all began in 1915, almost a century after the passing of the 13th amendment that made slavery illegal. In September of that year, a Harvard historian named Carter G. Woodson and his prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded ASNLH (Association for the Study of Negro Life and History). Their main focus was bringing light to African American achievements such as the ironing board which was invented by Sarah Boone, a black woman who was born into slavery, or the home security system that was co-invented by Mary Van Brittan Brown. All are achievements we still celebrate to this day. Other countries such as Britain and Canada include this historic month in their calendars. The ASNLH came together to fund national Negro History Week in 1926. They chose the second week of February because it intertwined with the birthdays of Fredrick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Not too long after, Negro History Week was a nationwide celebration. In later years, it soon evolved into Black History Month, the month-long celebration that sheds light on often overlooked black accomplishments.


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