Black History Month 2018 – A month to honor the black American accomplishments
Black History Month 2018 is around, and it is the time to remember the achievements of African Americans. Since 1976, this month has been officially designated in the United States. The annual celebration is also held and widely celebrated in Canada and UK.
On February 1, the celebration started nationally and worldwide to promote the positive image of African American citizens. Many organizations, cities and states also host events every year. This month was first initiated by Negro History Week that was promoted by Carter G Woodson and Jesse E Moorland. Woodson was a popular historian and Moorland was a prominent African-American minister. Both founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History that sponsored Negro History Week in 1926. They choose the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. According to Woodson, it is essential to teach black history in the study of race within society. President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976 to honour this month, as he considered that black American accomplishments were often neglected in the history of America.
This month is widely celebrated in Britain, but the United States of America has much more influence than Britain on the global stage. US seems to have a prominent influence in the society on this month than any other country. One of the major reasons is that black people in America are more influential in the society than other nations. Britain has roots of black people such as Mary Seacole, but the US is more prominent due to the role of American Baptist minister and activist Martin Luther King Jr. King became a civil right activist in his early career, where he delivered his famous speech, “I Have a Dream”.
An extensive number of people from different sectors are supporting Black History Month and paying tribute to the community. It is a month that should be celebrated nationally.