Julia Drymon – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – National African-American History Month is here.
Carter G. Woodson started African American History month. He brought together the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), but the celebrations lasted only a week.
The ASNLH started Negro History Week in 1925. The week was first celebrated during a week in February, the same month as Abraham Lincoln’s and Frederick Douglass’ birthdays.
The week turned into a month in 1976, when President Gerald Ford pushed the country to celebrate the often-forgotten achievements of African Americans.
Presidential proclamations are common during African American History month.
In 2016 President Barack Obama said, “As we mark the 40th year of National African American History Month, let us reflect on the sacrifices and contributions made by generations of African Americans, and let us resolve to continue our march toward a day when every person knows the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
LRHS students and teachers enjoy learning about Black History. Assistant principal Valencia Lowen said, “For African-Americans, this month has special resonance.”
Senior Jaidan Thomas said, “For me this month is really special and gives me the chance to be thankful for and celebrate the achievements that has been made for me to be where I am at today.”
Schools across America participate in teaching Black History. Many colleges organize events and collections of art and history to celebrate this month.