Why February is called Black History Month of the Year?
February is known as Black History Month or the National African American History Month in America. It is celebrated in United States, Canada and United Kingdom in remembrance of the important peoples and events in the history of America Diaspora. It is celebrated in October in United Kingdom and in February in America and Canada.
The second week of February was chosen as the “Negro History Week” because of the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and of Frederick Douglass on February 14. It is created by the historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in 1926.
These dates of Black Community are celebrating it from 19 century. The story of Black History Months begins 1915, half a century after Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States. Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH) was founded by the Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland, on that September.
This was the organization dedicated to researching and promoting the achievements by black American and other people of Africa descent. Known today as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the group choose the second week of February, coincide the two dates of birthdays. This event inspired many schools, colleges and history clubs to be part of this and to organize lectures and events on this.
In the decagon the followed, mayors of places crosswise the country started providing annually pronouncement acknowledging Negro history week. By the delayed 1960s, thanks in part to the Municipal Privileges Activity and a growing attention of dark identification, Negro week had become Black Record month on many college campuses. President Gerald R. Ford officially identified Black Record month in 1976, contacting upon the public to “seize the opportunity to respect the too-often ignored achievements of black People in America in every area of effort throughout our history.”
Since then every president of the country call the February as the Black Month and started a specific theme. The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington was the theme of 2013 and marks the two very important anniversaries in the history of African American.