A Black History Tribute to African Americans

A Black History Tribute

Black History Month is celebrated annually in the United States in the month of February. Carter G. Woodson chose the second week of February for Negro History Week in 1926 because it marks the birthdays of two men who greatly influenced the black American population, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, as the nation reached its bicentennial, the week was expanded into an entire month. However, February has much more than Douglass and Lincoln to show for its significance in black American history.

History books just started covering black history when the tradition of Black History Month was started. So as you can see, there was a tremendous amount of history made before the first word was ever written. That’s why it’s so important to get involved in black history classes and engage in conversations with older members of the community who remember stories as they unfolded --that the history books don’t cover.

At that point, most representation of blacks in history books was only in reference to the low social position they held, with the exception of George Washington Carver. Many also reference Black History Month as African-American History Month, or African Heritage Month.

Black History Month is also an opportunity to recognize the significant contributions people with African heritage have made and continue to make in such areas as education, sports, medicine, art, culture, public services, economic development, politics and human rights.

Other important accomplishments in Black History included:

Black History Tribute

February 23, 1868: W.E.B. DuBois, important civil rights leader and co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), was born.

February 3, 1870: The Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was passed, granting blacks the right to vote.

February 25, 1870: The first black U.S. Senator, Hiram Rhodes Revels, took his oath of office

February 12, 1909: The NAACP was founded by a group of concerned and moderate black, Jewish and white citizens in New York City.

February 1, 1960: In what would become a civil-rights movement milestone, a group of black Greensboro, North Carolina, college students began a sit-in at a segregated Woolworth's lunch counter.

February 21, 1965: Malcolm X, the militant leader who promoted Black Nationalism, was shot to death by three Black Muslims.

As we celebrate Black History Month, let us not forget the accomplishments that were made by exceptional African Americans.

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"He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life." Ali, Muhammed Boxing Champion (1942-)

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