By D’Nyj Jones
According to ccaura.edu, Black History Month is the time of year where Americans celebrate the achievements by blacks before and after their time in each generation in U.S. history. Countries outside of America have also committed themselves to a month to honor black history. So why is February Black History Month?
In 1915, the 13th amendment was removed, which repealed slavery in the United States. After the 13th amendment was voided, the start of Black History Month began in 1926.
Carter G. Woodson and minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. This association was linked to researching and advocating achievements of blacks and other people of African descent. The group is known today as the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History (ASALH); they supported the national Negro History week in 1926.
The events of Black History Month are for educating about cultural and the memorable people in the history of African-Americans. The second week of February was chosen to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglas. These two men were chosen in particular because they greatly influenced the black American population.
President Gerald R. Ford expanded African-American week into a full month in 1976. President Ford said the country needed to honor the too often neglected accomplishments of African-Americans in every area of their history.