Black History Month’s Origins

Charles A.

Black History Month is when we look back at the achievements made by black people. It is celebrated all across the world in countries such as Canada and the United Kingdom. It is celebrated in the month of February.

Dating back to 1915, a black college student named Carter G. Woodson and black minister Jesse E. Moorland founded an organization that dedicated research into the achievements of black people that is now called today, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH).

The group sponsored a national week called “Negro History Week” starting in 1926 that soon inspired schools and communities to honor black people. Eventually in the 1960s, when the civil rights movements were happening, it soon became Black History Month. In 1976, Gerald Ford (who was president at that time) made it an official celebration.

Every year since 1976, presidents have called February “Black History Month” and presented it with a theme. This year the theme is “African Americans in Times of War.” This theme marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and acknowledges the black men and women who served in the army since the beginning of America.