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February 1, 2021

February celebrates Black History Month

Submitted by Trumanue Lindsey

Even though we should be celebrating Black history every month, today, Feb. 1, officially kicks off National Black History Month. Frustrated that the contributions of Black Americans were continuously being excluded from the narrative of American history, historian Carter G. Woodson would create "Negro History Week" in the year 1926. Woodson, through the Association of the Study of Negro Life and History, would promote the studying of Black history and urge the celebration of the many accomplishments of African Americans worldwide.

Though the practice continued over the years, it was not until 1970 at Kent State University, when the practice of a weeklong acknowledgment would turn into what is now a monthlong celebration. By 1976, this tradition could longer be ignored throughout the country, leading President Gerald Ford to designate the month of February as Black History Month.

As we continue to celebrate the many accomplishments and contributions of members from the African diaspora worldwide, I encourage you to check out some of the programs that will be happening on campus throughout the month.

This year, we will kick off the month with our annual MLK Week of Observance. Please visit us online to check out other program opportunities.

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