Black History Month By: Secret Posey and Jerrian Harris
Black History Month was created in 1926 by Carter Woodson, a noted African-American historian, scholar, educator, and publisher., and was known as black history week. It became a month-long celebration in 1976. According to History.com The month of February was chosen to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. On September 22, 1862, Abraham Lincoln issued his preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, in which he declared that as of January 1, 1863, all slaves in states in rebellion against the Union “shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.”
In the period of ten years followed, mayors of cities across the country began providing yearly announcements recognizing Black History Month. By the late 1960s, thanks in part to the Civil Rights Movement and a growing awareness of black identity, Black History Week had evolved into Black History Month on many college campuses. Black History month has been a celebration for a long time. When it comes to the month it’s all over social media.
This celebration wouldn’t be known if it wasn’t for African Americans. African Americans like Malcolm Little, Harriet Tubman, Jesse Williams, Angela Davis, and many more.
Black History Month has a variety of perspectives to many people like our students at BGJHS.
“A month to celebrate black history and to look at the achievements we accomplished.” stated Jesiyon Byrd, a BGJHS eighth grader.
“How to celebrate what has happened through slavery because of the Civil Rights Movement.’’ said Jaycee Patterson, a BGJHS sixth grader.
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