Celebrating Black History Month

Black History Month was created to focus attention on the contributions of African Americans in the United States. It is a time to honor all Black people from various periods in U.S. History, from enslaved people first brought over from Africa in the early 17th century to African Americans living in the United States today.

Some notable figures often remembered are Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Mae Jemison, and Barack Obama. One figure not often mentioned is Carter G. Woodson, who created Negro History Week in February 1926 to ensure that school children be exposed to black history. He was also the second black American to receive a PhD in history from Harvard.

Celebrate Black History Month by supporting black-owned businesses, explore podcasts such as 1619, Code Switch, or The Diversity Gap about race, or watch a documentary on black history.

“My humanity is bound in yours, for we can only be human together.”

By: Desmond Tutu, South African Theologian and Human Rights Activist

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