Why February?


Every wonder why out of all months why is February Black History Month?  Well,  some of my collages and I were discussing this and we searched for the answer.  Here’s what we found:

Americans have recognized black history annually since 1926, first as “Negro History Week” and later as “Black History Month.” What you might not know is that black history had barely begun to be studied-or even documented-when the tradition originated. Although blacks have been in America at least as far back as colonial times, it was not until the 20th century that they gained a respectable presence in the history books…  Dr. Carter G. Woodson established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now called the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History) in 1915, and a year later founded the widely respected Journal of Negro History. In 1926, he launched Negro History Week as an initiative to bring national attention to the contributions of black people throughout American history. Woodson chose the second week of February for Negro History Week because it marks the birthdays of two men who greatly influenced the black American population, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.” ~ Infoplease.com

More Importance

  • W. E. B. DuBois, important civil rights leader and co-founder of the NAACP- February 23, 1968
  • The 15th Amendment was passed, granting blacks the right to vote- February 3, 1870
  • The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded by a group of concerned black and white citizens in New York City- February 12, 1909
  • Soon would become a civil-rights movement milestone, a group of black Greensboro, N.C., college students began a sit-in at a segregated Woolworth’s lunch counter- February 12, 1909
  • Malcolm X, the militant leader who promoted Black Nationalism, was shot to death by three Black Muslims- February 21, 1965

I remember in one of my English courses we were assigned different people to do a paper and presentation on. This 63 year old man was assigned Abraham Lincoln and after his presentation a discussion began about Ab Lincoln owning slaves. The discussion became intense. I learned that he did own slaves, thinking back to my previous history courses. Well, I also researched this and He did NOT own slaves.  It is said that “their is no truth to this assertion.” Although, he was not carrying out a war to end slavery but to preserve the Union.

Abraham Lincoln said, “If I could preserve the Union by freeing all the slaves, I would do it. If I could preserve the Union by freeing no slaves, I would keep them all in bondage. If I could preserve the Union by freeing some and leaving others enslaved, I would do that

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