Black History Month Celebration
History Month is a National Annual Observance for remembrance of
important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. It
is celebrated annually in the United States and Canada in February and
the United Kingdom in the month of October. The remembrance originated
in 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson as "Negro History Week." Woodson
chose the second week of February because it marked the birthdays of two
Americans who greatly influenced the lives and social condition of
African Americans: former President Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist and
former slave Frederick Douglass. Woodson also founded the Association
for the Study of Negro Life and History, now the Association for the
Study of African American Life and History.
On September 9, 1915, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History
(ASALH) was established on Dr. Carter G. Woodson. The organization
carries forth the work of its founder, the Father of Black History. It
continues his legacy of speaking a fundamental truth to the world--that
Africans and peoples of African descent are makers of history and
co-workers in what W. E. B. Du Bois called, "The Kingdom of Culture."
ASALH's mission is to create and disseminate knowledge about Black
History, to be, in short, the nexus between the Ivory Tower and the
global public. We labor in the service of Black folks and all humanity.
those interested in the study of identity and ideology, an exploration
of ASALH's Black History themes is itself instructive. Over the years,
the themes reflect changes in how people of African descent in the
United States have viewed themselves, the influence of social movements
on racial ideologies, and the aspirations of the black community.
again the Department of Christian Education recommends the use of
ASALH's Black History Kit. You may order your kit on-line at www.asalh.org/themeproducts.html. The cost of the kit is $50.00.
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