The Father of Black History Month was a man born to parents who were former slaves..He spent his entire childhood working in Kentucky coal mines..At the age of 20? Enrolled in high school! ONE year later though he graduated and later went on to earn his PhD in history from Harvard. Thus becoming the second Black American to earn a doctorate(the first was W.E.B.DuBois) He was disturbed that history books largely ignored Blacks(and their accomplishments/contributions) & that was his motivation in launching , Negro History Week in 1926. Negro History Week was later established as Black History Month in 1976..
February was chosen by Dr. Woodson because it marks the birthdays of two men who had a heavy influence on Black Americans. Frederick Douglass(Black American Abolitionist ) and President Abraham Lincoln(Issued Emancipation Proclamation executive order) But here are a few other notable Black History February happenings..
February 23, 1868. W.E.B. DuBois, civil rights leader and co-founder of NAACP was born.
February 3, 1870. The 15th Amendment was passed, granting Black Americans the RIGHT to vote.
February 12, 1909. The NAACP(The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) was founded by a group of concerned Black and WHITE citizens in New York City
February 1, 1960. A group of Black Greensboro, N.C. college students began a sit-in at a segregated Woolworth’s lunch counter
I’ll continue to not only support & celebrate Black History Month ; but also counter naysayers who feel it isn’t longer necessary..Until racism no longer exists in abundance Black History Month IS necessary..It is necessary because it supplies the masses with positive facts and contributions of Black Americans to society..Versus the consistent and ever-growing list of negative images and false stereotypes! February is going to be a fabulous month of learning & sharing..I’m ready! And I hope y’all are also. If you want to read up on Dr. Carter G. Woodson check out one of the BEST books I’ve ever read@ The Mis-Education of the Negro. An infamous quote from the book that I’ll never forget is “When you control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. You do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He will find his ‘proper place’ and will stay in it. You do not need to send him to the back door. He will go without being told. In fact, if there is no back door, he will cut one for his special benefit. His education makes it necessary”