“We should emphasize not Negro History, but the Negro in History. What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world, void of national bias, race, hate, and religious prejudice. There should be no indulgence in undue eulogy of the Negro. The case of the Negro is well taken care of when it is shown how he has far influenced the development of civilization.”
- Black History Month, originally known as the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), was founded in 1915 by Historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson and Minister Jesse E. Moorland.
- Negro History Week was started in February, 1926.
- The month of February was chosen so that the celebration could coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas.
- Negro History Week evolved into Black History Month in 1976 by President Gerald R. Ford.
It is Black History Month, so it’s only fitting that I pay my respects to all of the greats throughout Black History. Personally, my Black History Month is celebrated 12 months out of the year. But until the untold history of African people becomes a requirement throughout grade schools and universities, this annual event will continue. There’s been a lot of controversy surrounding this month due to recent comments made by Actress/FOX News Contributor Stacey Dash. However, Actor Morgan Freeman did make similar comments regarding this celebration in a 2009 interview.
This is a time to pay homage to the game changers throughout our history, so I wanted to share a few links to some classic black literature. For those who don’t know, I am an avid reader and I’m constantly expanding my library with African American scholars. With the help of a few intellectuals that I’ve connected with on social media, I did find some pretty extensive lists. I hope that these books inspire you to learn more about your history and about others.
To all of the greats who came before me that made changes in American history so that I could have the opportunities that I have today, thank you. With the utmost sincerity, I thank you!
The links are as followed:
Until Next Time…
Black History Month. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/black-history-month
Scott, D. M. (n.d.). February is African-American History Month. Retrieved from http://www.africanamericanhistorymonth.gov/about.html
Townsend, D. (2006, February). Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Retrieved from http://www.blackhistorypages.net/pages/cgwoodson.php