By Maddox F.
Ever since 1976 there has been a month dedicated to Black History. The first ever attempt was in 1926 but it wasn’t until 1976 that the president honored Black History with a month. Black History is in the month of February.
In 1926 the ASALH, or Association for the Study of African American Life and History, made black history week. They chose the 2nd week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. This inspired schools and communities nationwide to organize local celebrations.
Lincoln and Douglas were both pivotal to our history. Abraham Lincoln had a “historical role as savior of the Union and emancipator of the slaves.” Fredrick Douglass was born sometime around 1818. “He became one of the most famous intellectuals of his time, advising presidents and lecturing to thousands on a range of causes, including women’s rights and Irish home rule.”
In 1976 president Gerald Ford recognized Black History month officially, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
The 2020 Black History month theme is, “African Americans and the Vote,” in honor of the centennial anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment (1920) granting women’s suffrage and the sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) giving black men the right to vote.