Black History Month began in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson. It was originally a week-long celebration to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln. That all changed in 1976 when President Gerald Ford declared to extend the celebration and recognition of the African American community for the entire month of February.
We will celebrate and recognize our African American Community
TODAY. YESTERDAY. TOMORROW
- Black History week began in 1926.
- Black History month was declared by the Congress in 1976.
- Lincoln University in Pennsylvania is the first institution of higher education founded for African Americans. It has paved the way for 104 other historical colleges. Those of which has produced alums such as Thurgood Marshall, Spike Lee, and Oprah.
- Cathay Williams was the one and only female Buffalo Soldier, posing as a man named William Cathay to enlist in the 38th infantry in 1866. She served for 2 years before a doctor discovered that she was a woman, leading to her discharge.
- Shirley Chisholm was the first African American woman elected to Congress. She also was the first African American major-party, presidential candidate. Chisholm survived 3 assassination attempts during her 1972 campaign.
- At age 42, Leroy "Satchel" Paige became the oldest rookie to play major league baseball and continued to play until the age of 47.
- Amanda Gorman was the youngest inaugural poet in U.S history. Gorman recited, "The Hill We Climb" at the Biden-Harris 2021 Inauguration.