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2023 Black History Month: Black Resistance

February 1 marks the beginning of Black History Month. Beginning in 1915, this period celebrates the achievements of African Americans and encourages time to recognize the history of African Americans in the United State’s history. 


The month-long commemoration was promoted from “Negro Memory Week,” founded in 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson and other esteemed African Americans of the time. The group, mainly Woodson and minister Jesse E Moorland established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), an institution endowed with researching and furthering the achievements of African Americans. 


Now, known as the Association for the Study of African Americans, the week, beginning the second week of February, is shared with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas. 


Preceding the inaugural week, mayors began recognizing “Negro History Week,” and it then grew into Black History month across college campuses in the 1960s, motivated by the civil rights movement. 


In 1976, President Gerald Ford declared the recognition of Black History Month, stating that Americans “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”


Every year the president nominates a theme to be attached to the month. This year is “Black Resistance.” The intention of the themes is to emphasize significant topics that deserve the public’s awareness.


As for Black Resistance, “Black people have had to consistently push the United States to live up to its ideals of freedom, liberty, and justice for all.” Through economic, social, political, and every aspect of life, black individuals persist. Whether it be the boycotts or strikes that defined the 1950s and 1970s or modern forms of resistance, through sports, education, and institutions, they continuously fight against the systemic oppression of African Americans. 

To honor and celebrate this month, learn more about the history of the month and African Americans in general by reading, visiting, museums, or podcasts. Also, volunteer and support social justice programs that encourage an equitable and racially just society. Finally, share what you learn and stimulate a knowledgeable and embracive environment for black individuals.

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