Black History Month is a national, annual celebration and recognition of the achievements of African Americans in US history. Black History Month originally began in 1915, about 50 years after the Thirteenth Amendment, to abolish slavery, was passed. Carter G. Woodson and Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH) to promote the achievements of African Americans and others of African descent. The group sponsored a national Negro History week in 1926, and they choose the second week of February to honor the birthdays of Honest Abe and Frederick Douglass.
The event inspired people nationwide to organize local celebrations and gatherings, establish history clubs and host performances and even give lectures on the importance of black American history. Every American president since then has designated February as Black History Month and given each year a specific theme, such as the March on Washington and The Emancipation Proclamation. Today, the ASNLH is known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH).
Black History Month has brought its celebrations to college campuses nationwide, and you can join UCLA in its celebration by attending the 8th Annual Black History Extravaganza in the Northwest Campus Auditorium this Wednesday February 25th from 6-9pm. It’s a night full of celebration and education of Black History, achievement, and culture.