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If you regularly tune into the nightly news, you know that diversity has been a consistently hot topic among journalists. That’s why we were excited to flip the calendar from January to February and celebrate Black History Month.

National African American History Month is an observance designated to celebrating the achievements of black Americans. Dr. Carter G. Woodson created the holiday after years of study. During his time at Harvard University, he realized that African American History had been misrepresented or completely missing from the history books.

In the year 1915, Dr. Woodson and Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (today, it is known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History). One year later, he started publishing the Journal of Negro History so he could slowly rewrite African Americans back into history.

In 1926, the organization sponsored a national Negro History Week during the second week of February. The event successfully encouraged schools and communities to establish history clubs and organize their own local celebrations. City mayors began issuing annual proclamations in the years that followed.

By the 1960s, Negro History Week evolved into Black History Month at many colleges and universities, due in part of the Civil Rights Movement and the growing awareness of black identity. President Gerald J. Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976. Every US President has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month since that time.

We have seen the great impact that African American leaders have had on our country and we look forward to celebrating those achievements in the 26 days ahead. How do you plan to celebrate?

Happy Black History Month from Lions Pride!

 

 

 

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