Black History Month (aka African American History Month) is an annual observance that takes place in February in the United States and Canada.
The relevance of February goes back to 1926 when ASALH’s founder Dr. Carter G. Woodson first established “Negro History Week” during the second week of February, where it encompasses the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass—both men being great American symbols of freedom. (ASALH)
Black History Month was first proposed by Black educators and the Black United Students at Kent State University in 1969 (Kent State), and it was officially recognized by President Gerald Ford in February 1976 during the celebration of the United States Bicentennial.
Portrait of Carter G. Woodson by Sassa Wilkes
On February 10th, 1976, President Gerald Ford was the first U.S. President to declare February as Black History Month. Every year since, the President of the United States issues a proclamation of celebration for the month of February.
To read his proclamation, click HERE
2022 Black History Month Presidential Proclamation
"NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim February 2022 as National Black History Month. I call upon public officials, educators, librarians, and all the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities."
To read the full Presidential Proclamation, click HERE
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