Black History Month
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February is Black History Month. This annual celebration of the achievements of black Americans grew out of “Negro History Week,” started in 1926 by noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Thanks in part to the Civil Rights Movement and a growing awareness of black identity, by the late 1960’s Negro History Week evolved into Black History Month on many college campuses. In 1976, President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized February as Black History Month and since then every American President has annually endorsed a specific theme.
This year’s theme is “The Crisis in Black Education.” It focuses on the crucial role of education in the history of African Americans. The founder of the Association for the study of African American Life and History, Carter G. Woodson once wrote, “if you teach a Negro that he has accomplished as much good as any other race he will aspire to equality and justice without regard to race.” In reference to this year’s theme, the ASALH says addressing the crisis in black education should be considered one of the most important goals in America’s past, present and future. For more information regarding the ASALH, click here.
Please join 96.3 RnB and H-E-B all of February as we celebrate Black History Month.