February: Black History Month

Dr. Carter G. Woodson is accredited for the creation of Black History Month. In 1915, Woodson’s desire to create an African American presence in United States history led him to establish the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. Woodson continued to educate African Americans about their culture, background, and significant achievements by launching Negro History Week in 1926. The second week in February was chosen as the commemorative week because the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln were already two days celebrated by the black community during this week . In 1976, Black History Week was expanded into a month long celebration.

On February 1, 2002, the McDonald’s Corporation launched an initiative that celebrates Black History all year long with their 365Black Campaign. In 2003, McDonald’s took their initiative a step further and developed the 365Black Awards, which annually recognizes individuals who make significant contributions to the African American community. For more information about McDonald’s 365Black Campaign visit www.mcdonalds.com/365black.

We hope you will join us as we celebrate Black History Month. Check out our Facebook page for regular post throughout the month that will highlight Black History facts and information at www.facebook.com/TheVineEventPlanning. PBS will also have a lineup of programs that will commemorate the history, culture, and contributions of African Americans. Check out the video below for more details.

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To find more information about Black History Month please visit http://www.infoplease.com/black-history-month/ .

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