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Beyond Black History Month: Ways To Celebrate Black History All Year

Black History Month is a time to honor and celebrate Black excellence. A time to shift focus to the Black heroes and pioneers who have shaped history. It highlights the importance of being an ally to marginalized communities. Having a monthlong celebration of Black history is great, but it's important to honor and recognize Black history all year long. Here are some ways to do that. Celebrating Black History Beyond February Also known as African American History Month, this event originated from "Negro History Week," created by historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has designated February as Black History Month. The History Channel reports that other countries, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also dedicate a month to celebrate Black history. In 1976, former President Gerald Ford expanded Negro History Week to a full month. He expressed the need for the nation to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history." The history of Black History Month dates back to 1915, fifty years after the abolition of slavery in the United States through the Thirteenth Amendment. In September of that year, Woodson and prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH). This organization focused on researching and promoting the achievements of Black Americans and others of African descent. Now known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the group initiated a national Negro History Week in 1926, selecting the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. This event inspired schools and communities nationwide to organize local celebrations, establish history clubs, and host performances and lectures. Black History Month allows us to question what we've learned, dig deeper, and discover overlooked events from the past. Check out some ways you can celebrate Black history all year long.

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