Why February for Black History Month
If you’re like me, you have always felt ‘jipped’ about Black History Month being the shortest month of the year.
Low and Behold, there is actually some method behind the madness. Carter G Woodson, a historian, realized how little credit black people were getting despite our major contributions to society throughout the years. As a result, he started “Negro History Week” in the year 1926. He used the second week in February to draw attention and raise awareness to our accomplishments
Woodson chose the second week of February because it embodied the birthdays of both Frederick Douglas (2/14) and Abraham Lincoln (2/12). Of course, as time went on, the week began to grow larger and larger in popularity. Celebrations ranged from college campuses to community organizations. Most of the times, the festivities and events would exceed the week anyway and spill over into the rest of the month, obviously on CPT.
Years later, in 1976, President Gerald Ford made Black History Month official. He wanted to give others the opportunity to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”