Black History MonthBlack History Month is an annual celebration of achievements and contributions by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
Black History Month has been celebrated in the United States and around the world every February since, with all U.S. presidents recognizing February as Black History Month. February was chosen as it coincides with the birthdates of both former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln and social reformer Frederick Douglass. Both men played a significant role in helping to end slavery. Additionally, February 1st is National Freedom Day, commemorating the official approval of the 13th amendment which formally abolished slavery in 1865.
This month is a celebration of those who've impacted not just the country, but the world with their activism and achievements. We celebrate the many profound accomplishments of African Americans during the month of February and during the entirety of our year.