Across the US and other countries, February is a month to honor and celebrate Black peoples contributions and achievements.
This annual celebration started in the US in 1926. Conceived by historian Carter G Woodson who proposed marking a time to honor African Americans and raise awareness of Black history. February was chosen to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln, the US president who issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, and Frederick Douglas, an African American orator, social reformer, writer and abolitionist.
In 1976, under President Gerald Ford, Black History Month was officially recognized in the country.
Currently, the White House defines it as “both a celebration and a powerful reminder that Black History is American history”.
Lets celebrate and remember 5 African American pioneers that changed and helped to shape the history of the U.S.
Invented an innovative line of African American hair care products in 1905 that led to her distinction as one of America’s first self-made millionaires.
The first Black man to become a lawyer when he passed the bar in Ohio.
Was the first black woman to earn a medical degree.
Each year there is also a theme that marks the celebration. This year is focused on Black people’s health and wellness. February presents an opportunity to understand Black histories, going beyond stories of racism and slavery to spotlight Black achievement.