Black History Month

Black History Month
Posted on 03/01/2022
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The significance of Black History Month is to remember important people and events in the history of the African dispersion.

Black History Month is an opportunity to understand black history and go beyond stories of racism and slavery to spotlight African achievement. Black History Month originated in the United States, where it is also known as African-American History Month. It has received official recognition from governments in the United States, Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. 

This year’s theme considers activities, rituals, and initiatives that black communities have done in the past. Not only does it explore the legacy of black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but it also investigates other ways of gaining knowledge (e.g., birth workers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc.).

Why is Black History Month celebrated in February? 

February was chosen primarily because the second week of the month coincides with the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Abraham Lincoln was a prominent leader in the abolitionist movement and fought to end slavery.

Important Facts:

  • Black History Month wasn’t always a month.

  • Black History Month was founded in 1915

  • Not every country celebrates Black History Month in February.

  • Black History Month has different themes.

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