History

  • Negro History Week – Americans have celebrated black history annually since 1926, first as "Negro History Week" and later as "Black History Month." This event was met with enthusiastic response; it prompted the creation of black history clubs, an increase in interest among teachers, and interest from progressive whites and it is recognized as a holiday by the United States.
  • Black History Month – The widening of Black History Week to Black History Month was first suggested by the leaders of the Black United Students at Kent State University in February 1969. The first celebration of the Black History Month was conducted at Kent State in February 1970. In 1976 as part of the United States Bicentennial, Black History Month was officially recognized by the U.S. Government.
  • United Kingdom – Black History Month was first celebrated in the United Kingdom in October 1987 as part of African Jubilee Year. This initiation of Black History Month is generally attributed to the work of Ghanaian analyst Akyaaba Addai-Sebo, as well as the Greater London Council. The decision to make this an annual event each October was supported by the Association of London Authorities.
  • Canada – In 1995, after a proposal by politician Jean Augustine, Canada's House of Commons officially recognized February as Black History Month and honor Black Canadians. In 2008 the Senate officially recognize Black History Month.