Black History, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration and respect for achievements by Black Americans. It's a time set aside, in which the contribution of African Americans in US history is widely recognized and discussed. It's origins began in 1915, almost 1/2 a century following the abolishment of slavery (Thirteenth Amendment). The great historian Carter G. Woodson and minister Jesse E. Mooreland had an idea; something profound and much needed. Through their collaboration and dedication to purpose; they founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH). It was an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by black Americans and other people of African descent. It is today known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). This group then created and sponsored a National Negro History week (1926). They intently selected the second week of February to coincide with the birthdates of Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglass. From there, the amazing idea inspired communities of people across the nation including schools, celebrities, and educators, to establish history clubs, deliver lectures, and other powerful performances surrounding the week. As great things grow, so did black history week -- into Black History Month.
This month and its dedication to the achievements and legacies for all African Americans, started as a small idea by two gentlemen who recognized the "need" and importance for such an impactful celebration. It's a focus on something much bigger than the two gentlemen themselves. Their creation is something that consistently recognizes others and is not self serving. It's the exact heart and idealism upon which Brandon Publishing was also founded---To serve others while concentrating on meeting the "need" of the community. Black History Month serves a much larger community than that of Brandon Publishing, yet our missions are very parallel.
This month we will be recognizing several amazing authors, athletes, and artist who are Black and currently making history. We encourage you to also celebrate and spread the word about amazing people you know, that are trailblazing themselves and others into amazing accomplishments while being black. - KB