WHAT is Black History Month and WHY do we celebrate it?
Black History Month is celebrated every February as an homage to the achievements of African Americans who have shaped American history. It started in 1915 when 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 people 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.
By the late 1960s, thanks in part to the civil rights movement and a growing awareness of Black identity, Negro History Week had evolved into Black History Month on many college campuses.
President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
HOW will Thought Logic celebrate?
Thought Logic celebrates the month of February by lifting up Black history icons and celebrating our Black TL employees. Throughout the month, we will be sharing Black History month content via several channels and encourage firm-wide participation in various activities.