Origin of Black History Month


Lucia Bertolone, Reporter

The month of February is nationally known as Black History Month. But how did Black History Month originate to be celebrated? 

Well, it first started in 1926 and it was just for a week. People of the ASALH choose the second week of February because of President Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglas birthdays.

 Over the next few decades, President General Ford officially recognized Black history Month in 1976.  He said, “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history”.

Now we get to celebrate the achievements of many historical Black figures. These people include Alice Coachman, Rosa Parks, Ruby Bridges, Maya Angelou, Jesse Owens, Martin Luther King Jr, Shirley Chisholm, and many more.