Feb 01 - 29 2024


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February is Black History Month

In the United States, February is recognized as Black History month, a time to celebrate diverse cultures, traditions, histories and contributions of Black people. “Black history month  was founded by the historian Carter G. Woodson, PhD.

Woodson, the son of formerly enslaved people (Anne Eliza Riddle Woodson and James Henry Woodson), worked as a coal miner while pursuing his education, culminating in becoming the second African American to earn a PhD from Harvard. In 1912, Woodson launched the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) to create educational curricula and study and share the achievements of African Americans.

In 1926, Woodson started the Negro History Week to share Black history and celebrate both culture and accomplishments. The weeklong celebration expanded to a month in 1976 and continues to be a time to reflect on the contributions Black people have made to the world. It is also a time — as is every month of the year — to focus on the impact of systemic, structural and institutional racism and the continued need for social justice.

The 2024 national theme is African Americans and The Arts. The theme honors Black artists who, through their art, preserve history and express empowerment. Whether visual and performing arts, literature, fashion, folklore, language, film, music, architecture, culinary and other forms of cultural expression, African American art has had, and continues to have, an enduring impact on the world.”

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