Our History is Your History
Black History Month is celebrated annually in the United States from February 1 to February 28. Black History Month was originally conceived as a week by historian, Carter G. Woodson, in 1926 and officially designated as a month in 1976 by President Gerald Ford. Black History Month is a time to recognize, celebrate, and honor the contributions, achievements, and legacy of Blacks/African Americans in the US.
Equally important, this is a time to raise awareness about the experiences and needs of Blacks/ African Americans. Other countries around the world, including Ireland, the Netherlands, Canada, and the United Kingdom, participate in annual observances of Black history. While Black History Month is celebrated in the month of February, Black History is an ongoing development advanced throughout the African diaspora every day.
Among the notable figures often spotlighted during Black History Month are Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who fought for equal rights for Blacks during the 1950s and ’60s; Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American justice appointed to the United States Supreme Court in 1967; Mae Jemison, who became the first female African-American astronaut to travel to space in 1992; and Barack Obama, who was elected the first-ever African-American president of the United States in 2008.