I know there are mixed feelings about Black History month, like “Why is black history month the shortest month of the year?” or “How can you condense the celebration of black history to just a month?” I too have asked these questions at least once in my life and I celebrate my history more then just the month of February. I celebrate Black history everyday, Black history is American history anyhow, right? Yea… but just for the sake of February being the month black history is recognized, I’m going to post something about black history, black people, blackness, anything and everything black everyday, for the rest of this month. So, to kick it off, here are some facts about Black History Month itself…
1. Carter G. Woodson was the son of former enslaved Africans James and Eliza Riddle Woodson. He gained a master’s degree at the University of Chicago in 1908, and in 1912, he received a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University. Woodson, known as the “Father of Black History” started Negro History week in 1926, which later became Black History Month.
2. February was chosen as the month to observe Black history because it is the birth month of abolitionist and writer Frederick Douglass (Feb. 14) and President Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12).
3. In 1976, 50 years after the first celebration, President Gerald Ford expanded Negro History Week to Black History Month.
4. Countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history.