Founded as Negro History Week by Carter G. Woodson in 1926, and in 1976 Black History Month became a month-long celebration to recognize African American history and culture in the United States. CWLA would like to celebrate a few Black voices that are well-known and familiar. Happy Black History 2021!
Prominent African Americans who have profoundly impacted history include Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King Jr., Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, Barack Obama, and the first Black woman Vice-President, Kamala Harris. In celebrating black excellence, we recognize Madam C.J. Walker, the first U.S. woman to become a self-made millionaire. Shirley Chisholm was the first African American woman elected to Congress. Thurgood Marshall was the first African American to be appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play Major League Baseball.
Here are ten ways you can celebrate Black History this month:
- Support a Black business
- Read a book by a Black author
- Sign up to mentor a Black child in your community
- Donate to an HBCU
- Learn about an unsung hero of Black history
- Call out racism and prejudice in your community
- Read Dr. King’s I Have a Dream Speech
- Visit a Black History or Civil Rights Museum in your local area
- Engage in healthy conversations about Black history on social media
- Explore Black Music
In honor of President’s Day, we celebrate the lives and achievements of all of America’s chief executives. There have been 46 Presidents and 49 vice presidents in America’s history, including the current Administration. During Black History Month, we recognize the first black President, Barack Obama, and the first black woman Vice President, Kamala Harris.