Black History Month

Raylin Wesley

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The month of February is nationally recognized as Black History Month.  This month commemorates all of the brave men and women who struggled against adversity to achieve full citizenship. This holiday calls on all Americans to reflect on the significant roles that African-Americans have played in shaping U.S. history.

We owe the celebration of Black History Month and the study of black history to Dr. Carter G. WoodsonWoodson took on challenge of writing black Americans into the nation’s history. He established the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History in 1915, and a year later founded the Journal of Negro History. In 1926, he launched Negro History Week as an initiative to bring national attention to the contributions of black people throughout American history. That holiday has since inspired what we now know as black history month, tradition that will carry on for many generations to come.

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