Celebrating Excellence: Honoring Black History Month at Madison

Reported by Giselle Ruiz

In the United States, February is celebrated as Black History Month. During this month, we honor the accomplishments and contributions of black people from all periods of American history. This includes the enslaved people brought over from Africa in the 17th century to African Americans living in the United States today.

Black History Week was first initiated by Carter G. Woodson in 1926, which soon led to the establishment of Black History Month in 1969, proposed by black educators and students at Kent State University. In 1976, President Gerald Ford established Black History Month for America to celebrate.

We recognize and celebrate the achievements of notable figures like Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Muhammad Ali, and Harriet Tubman, as well as newer history-makers like Kamala Harris, poet Amanda Gorman, nurse Sandra Lindsay, Oprah Winfrey, and NASA astronaut Victor Glover. The month of February was chosen for the celebration as it is the birthday month of both Abraham Lincoln and writer Frederick Douglass. Both fought against slavery and became social reformers after escaping enslavement.

Black History Month is a time for celebrating culture and the neighbors who have made a significant difference in our country.


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