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African American from Story to Black History

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by Danna Marinez

Every little life story, every lesson, innovation, and learning make up what we call humanity’s history. Remembering where we come from and keeping the past’s teachings alive is essential to build a worthy future.

February is Black History Month. This holiday was founded by the father of African American history, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, in 1926 when even racial conflicts were at the fore. The man behind Black History Month was born in 1875 in New Canton, Virginia, to ex-slaves. He obtained a doctorate from Harvard in 1912. In 1915 he founded the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) and The Associated Publishers to ensure the publication of works on African American history and African American scholars’ work.

“Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.” – Dr. Carter G. Woodson.

In February, Woodson created Black History Week. He chose this date in honor of President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, both involved in the persevering attempt to abolish slavery in the United States. Black History Month’s story begins in 1915, half a century after the thirteenth amendment abolished slavery in the United States.

For Woodson, speaking about United States history recognizes all those who in one way or another have contributed their bit for the benefit of this great nation’s progress. This is why history should talk about the multiple contributions of African American history that have been segregated over time. Black History Month aims to recognize the accomplishments, work, and efforts of African American citizens in the United States.

According to History Channel, The Black History Month 2021 theme, “Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity,” explores the African diaspora and the spread of Black families across the United States.

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