Celebrating Black History Month

Domestic violence and substance abuse affect all groups within our community. At OneEighty, we believe in being inclusive by working with minorities to ensure that everyone receives the support they need. This is also why we support efforts to celebrate Black History Month — an important commemoration lasting all of February.

How Did Black History Month Start?

Black History Month traces its roots to the efforts of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, a Harvard-educated scholar who was the son of former slaves. After taking note of how African-Americans were largely ignored in our country’s history, he launched several efforts to highlight African-American contributions. This included Negro History Week, which was first commemorated in the second week of February in 1926. The month of February was chosen because of the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Black History Month was officially recognized in 1976.

Ways You Can Get Involved

As Black History Month has grown over the years, so too have the ways that people can get involved in this important commemoration. Education is a major goal of Black History Month. Learning about historical contributions by African-Americans, as well as the civil rights struggles that have been overcome and continue to exist today, is a key goal of the month. Check community calendars for celebrations and other events going on in your area.

Whether by participating in community events or simply becoming more informed about the many contributions African-American men and women have made to our country, Black History Month has something for everyone. At OneEighty, we’re proud to celebrate our community’s diversity and the strength it brings.