Celebrating Black History
In the month of February, we celebrate Black History, a time dedicated to honoring the profound and varied contributions of African Americans to the cultural, social, political, and economic tapestry of the United States and the global community. This annual observance is not just a reflection on past struggles and triumphs but a recognition of the ongoing journey toward equality and justice.
The roots of Black History Month can be traced back to Carter G. Woodson, recognized as the "Father of Black History." An esteemed historian, Woodson sought to rectify the historical neglect of African American achievements. In 1926, he established "Negro History Week," aligning it with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, key figures in shaping African American history.
We celebrate Black History to pay homage to the monumental Civil Rights Movement. Leaders like Martin Luther King Jr., an influential advocate for racial equality through nonviolent means, Rosa Parks, whose refusal to give up her bus seat sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and Malcolm X, a passionate proponent of Black empowerment, left enduring legacies.