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African Heritage Month

In an attempt to have the public become more aware of the contributions by people of African descent, Black History Month was established. Now known as African Heritage Month, it is a celebration that takes place each year during the month of February. It began in 1926 in the United States by an African American named Dr. Carter G. Woodson.


Dr. Woodson selected February because it was the birth month of two significant people he believed were instrumental in the freedom of the slaves. They were President Abraham Lincoln, who brought emancipation into the United States, and Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave who promoted the importance of education for his people. Since slaves were not permitted to read, write, or attend school, Douglass knew what had to be done to abolish slavery and uplift his people.

In 1995, the House of Commons declared February as National Black History Month. African Heritage Month was never intended to restrict activities about Black history to once a year, as is often the case. It is a way to promote a culture that although significant in contributing to society, has often been ignored. It is time to reflect upon what has been done throughout the year.



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