Did you know that the NAACP was established on February 12, 1909, the centennial anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln? Today, we celebrate Black History Month every year. It is a time when we join our neighbors around the country to honor the contributions black citizens have made to our nation. It all began as part of an initiative presented by the Harvard-trained historian, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, in 1926, established as Negro History Week. Dr. Woodson felt that this celebration should be honored in the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.
Originally, Dr. Woodson joined forces with a well-known minister, Jesse E. Moorland to found the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. This organization was dedicated to conducting research and promoting the notable achievements of Black Americans and other people descended from their African ancestors. Through the years, mayors across the USA began recognizing Negro History Week. By the late 1960s, thanks to the progression of the civil rights movement, and along with a growing awareness of Black identity, NHW became Black History Month on college campuses around the country.
In 1976 President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month, asking the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history” and set the precedent for each president since.
The 2021 Black History Month theme is, “Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity” exploring the African diaspora and the growth of Black families all over the United States. If you would like to join others in celebrating Black History Month locally, check out this website this website for events in the Sacramento area honoring Black History Month. The Sierra Oaks Dental team is proud to honor the accomplishments and contributions of Dr. Carter G. Woodson and celebrate Black History Month.