Did you know that Black History Month finds its roots in the same state that is home to Parenting Journey’s national headquarters?
In September of 1915, Harvard-educated Carter G. Woodson and Rev. Jesse E. Moorland started a group that would go on to sponsor the first national “Negro Week” in 1926; by the 1960s, that week had expanded to Black History Month celebrations in cities and towns across America. It wasn’t until 1976 that President Gerald Ford officially recognized a national Black History Month.
The story of Black History Month itself shows the power that comes when committed individuals take a stand to fight for what’s right. It’s hard to imagine what future Dr. Woodson and Rev. Moorland envisioned for 1976 when they teamed up in 1915, but I am grateful they took that first step pushing our country toward celebrating the contributions of African-Americans.
It’s hard for me to imagine what our future will look like in 60 years but I know together, we’ll chart a brighter future for all families, building on these lessons from our past.
Celebrate Black History Month in your community
I encourage you and your family to learn about and celebrate the impact that black people have had on America this month and throughout the year. Here are some helpful links to find events and resources in your community:
- Celebrate Black History Month in Massachusetts
- Where to celebrate Black History Month in the New York City area
- Learn more about the history of Black History Month and search for events in your community.