In 1926, Carter G. Woodson, a noted African American historian, scholar, educator, and publisher started “Negro Week”. His goal was to educate and celebrate the achievements and contributions of the many African Americans who helped shape our country. He chose February to coincide with Abraham Lincoln’s and Frederick Douglass’s birthdays.
Over time, black communities extended the week to a month of education, celebration and exposure. In 1976 Black History Month became a national celebration in the United States. Both Canada (in February) and the United Kingdom (in October) also celebrate Black History Month.
While Black History Month honors the past, it also promotes culture, achievement and opportunity in the present. This celebration fosters many conversations towards understanding and embracing our differences.
It’s important to celebrate Black History month, but we also need to keep the conversations going throughout the year. There are so many topics to cover African American experiences and contributions, so we put together a list of “starter topics”. Pick one every so often to research and share in your next dinner conversation!