What is Black History Month?
- The month of February is dedicated to highlighting the achievements, history, and contributions of African Americans in the United States.
- We celebrate it in February because it is the birthday month of Federick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln! Federick Douglas was an abolitionist (someone who wanted to end the practice of enslaving people) and Abraham Lincoln was a former U.S. President who fought against slavery in the United States.
- Black History Month started off as Black History Week in 1926 but in 1976 Black History Week became BLACK HISTORY MONTH!!
Black History Month Notable Icons
Lauren Cox - LGBQT+ ACTIVIST, ACTRESS
Serena Williams - Tennis Player G.O.A.T (Greatest of ALL TIME)!
Ilhan Abdullahi Omar- POLITICIAN
Beyoncè - MUSICIAN, ACTRESS
Richard Pryor- COMEDIAN, WRITER, ACTOR
Muhammad Ali AKA "The Greatest" - BOXER, ACTIVIST, PHILANTHROPIST
Maya Angelou- POET, CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST
Colin Kapernick- ATHLETE, CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - MINISTER, ACTIVIST, LEADER
Michelle Obama - Former FLOTUS (First Lady Of the United States), ATTORNEY, AUTHOR
Barack Obama- FORMER POTUS (President of the United States)
Dr. Missy-Johnson- SCHOOL COUNSELOR
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What Does Black History Month Mean to YOU?