Black History Month is celebrated every February to coincide with the birthdays of President Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12) and Frederick Douglass (Feb. 14). Historian Carter G. Woodson established this annual celebratory month in 1926 after working to open and popularize Black Studies to colleges and schools across the United States. Because of this, he became known as the "father of Black History."
However, the best way to honor and celebrate Black history is to not only acknowledge it in the month of February.
So what does "Black History Month is every month" really mean?
It means that when there are commercially available Black History Month t-shirts and books and events during the month of February, dip your toe in. Begin to learn about the greats, like the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks.
Then, throughout the year, keep learning and growing. Learn about Dorothy Cotton, a friend and advisor to MLK. Read Jo Ann Gibson Robinson's autobiography where she described the Montgomery Bus Boycotts after being on the front line. Follow Stacey Abrams' work down in Georgia as she fights for voter equality. Watch as Black history is created with Simone Biles dominating Olympics after Olympics.
This display is to highlight people who have been integral or have been a trailblazer in Black History. Most of these books are written by the activist, teacher or writer themselves.
Black History is to be celebrated all year round and February is a great place to start.