Today, February 1, marks the beginning of Black History Month. A month when we focus on the history and achievements of Blacks in the diaspora. Black History Month was originated in 1915 by Carter G. Woodson and Jesse E. Moorland. In 1926 the first Negro History Week was celebrated in the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. As the years went on and as the Civil Rights Movement evolved, President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976 (www.history.com/topics/black-history).The rest is history (pardon the pun).
As we celebrate Black History Month, let’s remember that the United States is the greatest nation in the world because of our diversity. We will have a series of activities throughout this month and hope you will join us in our celebrations. Please also take note that there will be other celebrations of our diversity and culture throughout the year. These include but are not limited to:
March – Women’s History Month, Irish-American Month, and Greek-American Heritage Month
April – Arab-American Month, Scottish-American Heritage Month, and Celebrate Diversity Month
May – Asian Heritage Month and Jewish-American Heritage Month
June – Caribbean-American Heritage Month and LGBT Pride Month
July – French-American Heritage Month and American Heritage Month
August – Family Heritage Month
September – National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct 15) and German-American Heritage Month
October – Filipino-American Heritage Month, LGBT History Month, and Italian-American Heritage Month
November – Native-American Heritage Month
December – Human Rights Month
Please make a special effort to join us in celebrating all of our history, culture and achievement. After all, that is what has made this nation what it is today.