Jill Dennison reminds us of a significant chapter in the history of North America as Black History Month is celebrated in both Canada and the United States. Please share.
It is easy to lose sight of many things with all the hoopla that comes out of Washington, D.C. these days. Things that might otherwise be front-page news, are relegated to a paragraph of small print somewhere in the clutter. February is Black History Month in the U.S. and Canada, and it deserves attention, rather than being stuck in a dark corner filled with the smoke left by Washington politics.
The origins of Black History Month date back to 1926 when Harvard historian Carter G. Woodson declared the second week in February ‘Negro History Week’. February was chosen as it coincided with the birthdates of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.
Black History Month was first proposed by black educators and the Black United Students at Kent State University in February 1969. The first celebration of Black History Month took place at Kent State one year later, in February…
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