DJ Finger Show today at 5pm Show topic for Tuesday, March 1 As we welcome March, let's discuss Black History Month! WTF! Black History Month facts about its Origins (use as little or as much of this as you think is important for your listeners to know). I do think that is important that we came up with having in February (see details in the notes). Origins of Black History Month The story of Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States. That September, the Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by Black Americans and other peoples of African descent. Known today as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the group sponsored a national Negro History week in 1926, choosing the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The event inspired schools and communities nationwide to organize local celebrations, establish history clubs and host performances and lectures. United States: Black History Month (1970) The Black United Students first Black culture center (Kuumba House), where many events of the first Black History Month celebration took place Black History Month was first proposed by Black educators and the Black United Students at Kent State University in February 1969. The first celebration of Black History Month took place at Kent State a year later, from January 2 to February 28, 1970. Six years later, Black History Month was being celebrated all across the country in educational institutions, centers of Black culture and community centers, both great and small, when President Gerald Ford recognized Black History Month in 1976, during the celebration of the United States Bicentennial. He urged Americans to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history". In the Black community, Black History Month was met with enthusiastic response; it prompted the creation of Black history clubs, an increase in interest among teachers, and interest from progressive whites. On February 21, 2016, 106-year Washington, D.C., resident and school volunteer Virginia McLaurin visited the White House as part of Black History Month. When asked by President Barack Obama why she was there, McLaurin said: "A Black president. A Black wife. And I'm here to celebrate Black history. That's what I'm here for." My opinion: Black History is American History, therefore should be celebrated all year round! Which I do! 1. Do you understand the significance of Black History Month? Do you think or feel it is important? 2. Did you know that Black people are the ones who proposed February as the month to honor Black history? And why they chose that month? 2. Do you or did you ever make sure your kids understood our history in America? 3. Do you think Black History month should be only nationally celebrated one month a year? 4. Are there any Black History facts or figures from history that you have learned about recently or since you were an adult that you did not learn about in school? 5. What is one Black history fact that you think few people know about?