“These tools are designed to raise awareness and provide an access point for education about Black history, accomplishments, leaders, culture and key figures,” said Ransaw.
The roots of Black History Month date back to February 1926 when Carter G. Woodson and the (now titled) Association for the Study of African American Life and History initiated the first such celebration in a weeklong format. In 1976, President Gerald Ford helped expand Woodson’s observance into the monthlong occasion that is now Black History Month.
Today, each February signals a chance to emphasize that Black history is not limited to “the subjugation of slavery” but that it has “significantly impacted the development of the social, political and economic structures of the United States and the world.” It is also a chance to ensure that Black history has a solid place in education.
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