First Day of Black History Month

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First Day of Black History Month

February 1st and ends on March 1st

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The beginning of Black History Month started many years ago. A man living in Washington D.C. went to Chicago to celebrate the 50th year of emancipation sponsored by the state of Illinois. I have read other dates for this celebration, one as early as 1915. But apparently in 1926, Carter G. Woodson began the observance of Negro History week that is now celebrated in February.

In the 1960s, the event became a month-long celebration still from February to March 1st. The first recognition of the month-long event was noted in 1976. Carter G. Woodson was born in Virginia on 12/19/1875 and passed on 4/3/1950. He was a Sagittarius. A Sagittarius born on this date walks an emotional life but is fearless in general. They are often the strong silent type. Woodson was certainly strong but silent. No, don’t see that. He spoke up for an entire generation and they in turn have shown their strength. He received a Ph. D from Harvard University in 1912.

He was born the son of former slaves and had to put off schooling while he worked in the coal mines of West Virginia. Talk about determination!

Because of Carter’s determination and others like him, we have virtual sites, like the one below. The 2022 Black History Theme is:


Carter, could you have ever imagined? Yes, I’m sure you did!