Since 1976, Americans have recognized the month of February as Black History or National African American History Month. The entire month is dedicated to celebrating the achievements of African Americans and the critical roles that they have played throughout our country’s history. Although many people celebrate black heritage during February, many people don’t know where and how Black History Month originated.
- In 1926 the second week of February was designated Black History Week by the Association for the Study of Black life and History
- In the late 1960’s, this week evolved into Black History Month
- In 1976 President Gerald Ford officially recognized February as Black History Month in the United States
- Since 1976, every US President has