Black History Month

Yesterday was the last day of Black History Month. Celebrated annually in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States since 1976. It is sometimes called African-American History Month in the United States.

It started as Negro History Week in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, a famous Black author, journalist and historian. The goal was to educate Americans about the culture and contributions of African-Americans.

Honoring Black History Month has caused controversy in the past. Some people question why there isn’t a White History Month (actually there are at least two, Irish American Heritage Month and Polish American Heritage Month) or why is it only one month (it isn’t you can study and celebrate it all year-long).

I urge people to learn about their own culture and the culture of others. It is fun and you might learn that some of the differences you like and some of the differences are actually the same as in your culture.

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