Honoring Black History Month

Posted on February 1, 2021

Black History Month BannerBlack History Month is a remembrance of important people and events in the history of African diaspora. Originating as part of an initiative by Dr. Carter G. Woodson in 1926, it was Woodson’s idea that recognition should occur the second week of February, bookmarked between the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Decades later, this evolved into Black History Month and nationally recognized since 1976.

Important Dates in Black History

  • 1809- Abraham Lincoln born
  • 1818-Fredrick Douglas born
  • 1865-13th amendment passed
  • 1870-15th amendment passed
  • 1870-Hiram Revels-1st African American US Senator
  • 1902-Langston Hughes born
  • 1909-NAACP founded
  • 1913-Rosa Parks born
  • 1919-Pan-African Congress organized in Paris
  • 1964-Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed
  • 1983-1st African American astronaut in space
  • 2001-Colin Powell–1st African American Secretary of State
  • 2008-Barack Obama–1st African American President
  • 2021-Kamala Harris–1st African American Female Vice President
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