January 31, 2014
Countdown to Black History Month continues: When is it?

For the past three days, we have examined different issues as part of the countdown to the Black History Month.  First, we looked at what Black History Month is and various ways to celebrate it. There is an infinite number of ways to recognize and celebrate Black history and culture.  Just remember two things. Remember to include the children and to do things that will help the children learn about Black History. They are important too and it is a great investment in the future of Black history. Second, remember to invite your Caucasian, Latino, Asian and other non-African American friends to your festivities. It is a great way for other people to learn about Black history.

Second, we discussed the father of Black History: Dr. Carter G. Woodson. He was a distinguished scholar and historian who founded Black History Month.  His story is very interesting and extremely inspirational so please read my blog post about him. There are lots of books written about Dr. Woodson so Black History Month would be a great time to learn about (and honor) this great man.

Yesterday, we examined whether we still need Black History Month and, if so, why do we need it?  This fascinating discussion allowed us to examine whether we know enough about Black History and why it is important to know it.  That blog presented a few specific questions about history.  If you could answer the questions, then you are doing great. If not, then you might want to do a bit of reading or studying.  This will be an enjoyable and insightful endeavor that you will always remember and appreciate.

Today’s discussion is quite easy and simple. It is rare to have such a clear answer to a question about an historical event.

 When is Black History Month?

 In a word: February!

Black History Month was originally called Negro History Week. It was the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.

Over the years, African Americans began to learn more about their history, culture, art, politics and other topics. In the mid-1970s, the week expanded into a month.  The month of February is a glorious time filled with a myriad of activities and events—all focused on African American history.   It is an exciting time for adults and children alike.

So, the countdown to Black History Month (February) is almost finished.  There is still time to decide on which events and activities that you want to attend.  Or just read a book on Black history to your children.  Or just spend time together as a family. Set a goal to learn about an important person, place, event, book, etc. by the end of February.

 Be determined to end the month more informed than you started it.

Dr. Woodson would be proud. And so should you!

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