Student View: Why do we have Black History Month?


America has Black History Month because we have to value achievements of black people throughout history and many times, the classes that we learn about history don’t always show all of the achievements that black people have made throughout history. Oftentimes achievements of black people have been covered up by white people the achievements for themselves.

Cassidy Viox

The history of Black History Month

Originally recognized as Negro History Week in 1926, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History sponsored the first national celebration for black Americans and people of African descent. Over time, the week gained momentum and began to be recognized as Black History Month on many college campuses. in 1976, President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History Month. Since then, every American president has endorsed and supported the month.

Why do we have Black History Month?