• Ja'Niyah Jackson

Overview: Black History Month

Black History Month was created to focus attention on the contributions of African Americans to the United States. Celebrated from Tuesday, February 1 to Tuesday, March 1 in the United States and Canada, it honors all Black people from all periods of U.S history, from the enslaved people first bought over from Africa in the early 17th century to African Americans living in the United States today.

Black History began as a way of remembering important people and events in the history of the African Diaspora. Black History Month grew out of a tradition founded in 1915, when Carter G. Woodson Carter and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be Negro history week. Black History Month is even celebrated overseas in Ireland and the United Kingdom during the month of October.

Black History Month reminds us that we stand on the shoulders of giants and that we owe it to them, ourselves, to continue efforts to combat systemic anti-Black racism.

History has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.