ARE WE NEGROS OR AFRICAN AMERICANS? ARE WE PEOPLE OF COLOR OR BLACK PEOPLE? How can you say you are #BF1 When you may not know what family you are part of. The precursor to Black History Month was created in 1926 in the United States, when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be “Negro History Week”.This week was chosen because it coincided with the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and of Frederick Douglass on February 14, both of which dates black communities had celebrated together since the late 19th century.
Negro History Week was the center of the equation. The thought-process behind the week was never recorded, but scholars acknowledge two reasons for its birth: recognition and importance. Woodson felt deeply that at least one week would allow for the general movement to become something annually celebrated. Also, after the ten year long haul to successfully complete his “Journal of Negro History”, he realized the subject deserved to resonate with a greater audience.
When Carter G. Woodson established Negro History week in 1926, he realized the importance of providing a theme to focus the attention of the public. The intention has never been to dictate or limit the exploration of the Black experience, but to bring to the public’s attention important developments that merit emphasis.
Really? Why are we Celebrating Black History Month – Carter G Woodson
Negro History Week (1926)
U.S. government to stop using these words to refer to minorities. The federal government will no longer use the terms “Negro” and “Oriental” after President Barack Obama signed a bill into law.
Public Law 114–157
To amend the Department of Energy Organization Act and the Local Public Works
Capital Development and Investment Act of 1976 to modernize terms relating
to minorities. https://www.congress.gov/114/plaws/publ157/PLAW-114publ157.pdf
Representative Grace Meng (1975 – )
The story one of the worst robberies in American history: The Freedman’s Bank
(1865) GENERAL WILLIAM T. SHERMAN’S SPECIAL FIELD ORDER NO. 15
The Mis-Education of the Negro Kindle Edition
100 Amazing Facts about the Negro with Complete Proof by Helga Rogers and J. A. Rogers (1995, Paperback, Reprint)
Diversity Summit 2017 – Robin DiAngelo