Hey hey hey,
February’s started and it is not only the “month of love” but also, in the United States, it’s the time to remember our past and the people who had an impact on our present. Yes, it is Black history month!
Let’s have a look of what this event really is.
What is Black history month?
This period of the year was originated by Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950), an African-American historian, in February 1926. At first, the commemoration was called
“Negro history week” and only celebrated during the 2nd week of February, to match both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass’ birthdays. But 5o years later (1976), the name was changed to “Black history month” and was extended to the whole month of February.
Nowadays, this month is celebrated in the whole United States, and is synonym of history, achievement and pride. In fact, what is celebrated is the people and importantly the events which have made black history. It’s a moment to thank and remember people like Rosa Parks, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. for their contribution. Our life would probably be a lot different, without their courage.
But, how is it celebrated over there?
Hmm… Good question. Actually, there are so many things happening in the US for this season. The main events that you’ll find include but are not limited to:
- Film festivals,
- Awards (such as the NAACP Image awards, which honour an African American’s achievement)
- Concerts (jazz, hip hop, gospel…)
- and so on…
You can also find a lot of free events like live poetry, if you enjoy poems. In schools, high schools and universities, the Black history month is celebrated with activities including music performances, screenings, good food, discussions…
Even some stores are participating! Yep, yep.
This year Macy’s is celebrating Gordon Parks’ birthday. For those living in the United States, the company also has some surprises in-store, so go have a look at their website , or better go visit them! Macy’s has also collaborated with American airlines to offer someone a trip to attend the ABBF (American Black Film Festival), in Miami, this summer! (If you want to go…have a try, you never know 😉 ).
You cannot be bored at this time of the year, I refuse to believe it LOL, it seems like there is something new everyday.
If you have the opportunity to be there at this period, (or have already been there) share your experience with us. What would you like to see for this celebration?
Photo Source(s): africanamericanhistorymonth.gov
- Know Your History (and Know Yourself) (feministphilosophers.wordpress.com)
- The Origins of Black History Month (indianajen.com)
- Target and Laysha Ward Celebrate Black History Month 365 Days a Year (abullseyeview.com)
- Celebrate Black History Month! (crestiad.com)