January 20, 2014 MLK March: From East High School to the Capitol
Janurary 31, 2014 JBCC (Junior Black Chamber of Commerce) Welcome Back - NC 1539, 5:00-8:00 pm
A Black History Month Celebration
February 7, 2014 A Black History Month Celebration: “A Healthy World of Living and Learning”Tivoli Turnhalle 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Black World Conference
February 19 Black World Conference: In collaboration with MSU
Big XII Conference
February 27-March 1, 2014 Big XII Conference
University of Denver Conference
March 6-9, 2014 DU (University of Denver) Conference
The origins of Black History Month date to 1926 in the United States, when historian Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950) and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be “Negro History Week.” The selection of the second week in February was done to honor two men whose actions drastically altered the future of black Americans, Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, was born on February 12; Frederick Douglass, one of the nation’s leading abolitionists was born on February 14.
Woodson created the holiday with the hope it would eventually be eliminated, when black history became fundamental to American history. Negro History Week was embraced; promoting the creation of black history clubs, an increase in interest among teachers, and interest from progressive whites. In the following decades, Negro History Week grew in popularity with mayors across the United States Endorsing the week as a holiday.
The first celebration of Black History Month occurred at Kent State University in February of 1970. In 1976, the federal government acknowledged the expansion of Black History Week to Black History Month. In 1986 Congress passed Public Law 99-244, designating February 1986 as “National Black (Afro-American) History Month.”
Black History Month is designated to learn, honor, and celebrate the achievements of black men and women throughout history.