Black History Month is a month of humanity and celebration, which was set-up to pay tribute to America’s Black citizens and their contributions. It was started in 1926, by Dr. Carter G. Woodson.
Carter G. Woodson
Originally, it was identified as the Negro History Week and was recognized on every second week of the month of February. Presently, it is recognized during the month of February, all over Canada and the United States. It is also celebrated throughout the United Kingdom during the month of October.
Dr. Carter G. Woodson had studied the African American manner of life and also encouraged more citizens to take an interest in the lessons of their history. He believed it was a requirement for Black people to be informed of and grasp the contributions made by their ancestors.
Dr. Woodson devoted the foremost part of his life to writing, publishing and teaching. He was in addition a prominent political advocate, who had fought hard to make sure that the government accepted and gave African Americans equal rights.
During its start, when Black History Month was identified as “Negro History Week”, it was a week dedicated to celebrating the birthdays of two very important people in the history of the America – Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Frederick Douglass was a former slave turned abolitionist and Abraham Lincoln was the president who ensured slave liberty.
In 1976, “Negro History Week” was renamed “Black History Month”, in celebration of the two hundredth birthday of the nation. It was also changed from a week’s celebration to a month’s celebration.
According to some people, this month of celebration is looked at as an unfair event, which celebrates the history of just one race. Some also say that celebrating African American history and African American achievements brings in a division of races. It is considered an idea that underlines the notion that African Americans are different from Americans.
However, some people also consider it to be an “awakening” and “awareness” cause, which has an important place in society. Such people believe that as long as there is a line of racial discrimination, there will always be a need for the Black History Month.