Black History Month: Why is it celebrated?

Graphic about African-American History Month. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Senior Airman Kiana Pearson)
There is always a say that if you do not know your history, then you do not know where you are going to. understanding and also knowing the rationale behind your remembrance of a given event is very vital to our human existence. The Black History always set the tone and bring into remembrance the enormous contributions the blacks who were taken into captivity as slaves into the New World (America) had made towards the civilization of America.

Why do they call it Black History Month?

The story or the idea of Black History Month begins on 1915 after the thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in United States. On the month of September, Carter G. Woodson a trained and renowned historian in Harvard and a prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association of the study of Negro Life and History(ASNLH). This organization was charge to researching and promoting the achievements by Black America and other peoples of Africa origin or descent. The association has changed it name and now called  Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the group sponsored a national Negro History week in 1926, choosing the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglass. 
8 Ways to Honor Black History Month
1. patronize in Black Owned business
2. study about Black personalities and their contributions
3. donate to charities that support anti- racism agenda
4. buy and share books written by African authors
5. Attend virtual Black History month celebration
6. Check your privilege
7. Learn about Black live matter
8. Talk about racial and social injustice



Why was February chosen as Black History Month?

Every month of February is chosen within a year to celebrate the Black History month to commemorate the achievement and contribution of Blacks who were sent to America or into the New World as slaves. The month of February is selected to coincide with the birthday of Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglass.


Days of Commemoration and Celebrating Black History Month | Department of Medicine