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The History Behind Black History Month

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The month of February was dedicated to celebrating and recognizing the culture and history of African-Americans.

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Black History Month first began as “Negro History Week,” founded by Carter G. Woodson and Jesse E. Moorland in 1926. The first official Black History Month occurred in 1976 after it was made official by the 38th President, Gerald Ford.

Ford spoke about the monthly celebration, saying he implemented it in order to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

Woodson was one of the first few people to study African-American history, while Moorland was an American minister; both were very important leaders. In fact, Moorland and Woodson founded the Negro Life and History which, according to History.com, is “an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by black Americans and other peoples of African descent.”

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Over the years, the name of the group was changed to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Check out the website and learn more about Black History Month and the events and resources they offer!

Every year, the president picks out a theme to represent the month. In the past themes such as Black Business in 1998 and African American in Times of Low in 2018 have been picked. This year’s theme was chosen by President Donald Trump and will be Black Migration.

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According to the ASALH, this year’s theme “emphasizes the movement of people of African descent to new destinations and subsequently to new social realities.”

Over the month, organizations will be hosting conferences and events for the community to partake in. Scripps Affiliated Medical Groups created a list of events happening in San Diego. Click on the link to learn more. The ASALH is also hosting events; you can find out more information here.

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