Black History Month

Updated: Feb 4

As we all know, February is Black History Month. Why February? What's the significance of this particular month? According to, Carter G. Woodson (an author, historian, and journalist) along with Minister Jesse E. Moorland (minister and civic leader), joined forces to delve into the achievements of Black Americans. Together, they founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), in 1915. Originally celebrated in the month of April, they would sponsor a week-long event, encouraging communities and schools to participate in celebrating with various performances and events. Initially, the two prominent gentlemen chose the second week of February in honor of Abraham Lincoln's (Feb. 12, 1809) and Frederick Douglass' (Feb. 1818) birthdays. An interesting fact about Frederick Douglass' birthday is it was not known because, born enslaved, there were no birth records; as an adult, Frederick Douglass claimed Feb. 14th as his birthday. So, the second week of February 1926 was recognized as "Negro History Week".

As I was typing this blog, I thought to myself, Abraham Lincoln was not a Black American, why him? Although there is controversy surrounding Abraham Lincoln's signing of the Emancipation Proclamation (outlawing slavery), there is no doubt that he was the catalyst to making slavery illegal and passing the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution. I would encourage you to read each man's story, for they are fascinating pioneers in their fields. Carter G. Woodson was a "Que" (a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated)!

Although there were annual recognitions and celebrations, it wasn't until 1976, when President Gerald Ford named February as "Black History Month". That year happened to be the Bicentennial year of our country's Independence. Now, I could go a little deeper by saying "Juneteenth" is our Black Independence Day, and was signed into law by President Joe Biden as a federal holiday. As a people, and a culture, we are grateful to be recognized as builders of and contributors to this great nation. Think of the unique ways you can make history or leave a legacy. God's purpose for your life is greater than you! Make your mark!

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