Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their role in U.S. history. It began in 1926 when Carter G. Woodson, an American historian, grew frustrated with the underrepresentation of Black people in conversations about American history and established Negro History Week.
Since then, it has grown into a month-long event and since 1976, every U.S. president has designated the month of February as Black History Month.
Every year, there is an overarching theme to focus important conversations relevant to the times. The Black History Month theme for 2021, “Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity,” explores the wide-ranging diversity of Black families past and present and how factors such as slavery, inequality, economics and micro-communities all play a role.
We will dedicate much of this month, and much of the year, to sharing resources, stories and spotlights showcasing contributions from well-known Black figures and those you may not know about yet.
If you have a person in your life that you’d like us to feature as part of our Black History Month articles, please email us at IDEA@flagshipinc.com.