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Black History Month

3. February 2010 by Christy 0 Comments

Every year in February, the United States and Canada celebrates Black History Month. Black History Month recognizes the accomplishments of African Americans and African Canadians and the important roles they play in the history of Canada and the United States.


The History of Black History Month

In 1926, an African American historian named Dr. Carter G. Woodson took on the monumental task of adding African Americans to history textbooks. Until that time, textbooks largely ignored the important role African American citizens played in the nation’s history. Dr. Woodson also founded African History Week, a week dedicated to celebrating the important contributions of black people in America. He chose February to mark this important celebration. In 1976, Black History Week became Black History Month and Americans and Canadians have celebrated ever since.


What Happens During Black History Month

During the entire month of February, television stations, radio stations, newspapers, and other media outlets make an effort to educate the public about the achievements of African American or African Canadian men and women. Schools and universities do the same. There are also several celebratory parades and even a few parties.


Black History Month is an important part of American and Canadian culture and several citizens celebrate the rich history of African Americans and African Canadians each February.