Here at OneEighty, we love celebrating Black History Month during the month of February! This time of year gives us a great opportunity to reflect on the many important contributions African Americans have made in our history — including right here in Wayne County.
Black History Month began as a weeklong celebration in 1926, with the second week of February chosen due to its proximity to the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. What started as a celebration by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) gradually spread to other cities across the country. In 1976, Black History Month was officially recognized by President Gerald Ford, ensuring that schools and communities would place an even greater emphasis on this important part of American history.
For 2018, the theme of Black History Month is “African Americans in Times of War.” 2018 also marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, which provides a great opportunity for citizens of Wayne and Holmes Counties and elsewhere to consider how African Americans have provided military service throughout our history, despite the unique challenges and opposition they faced at home and abroad.
By learning more about this important part of our country’s history, we at OneEighty know that we can draw closer as a community to build a better future together.