At Think Up, we regularly set time aside to learn new things. One way we do this is through a meeting segment called “Now You Know.” Thinkers give a five-minute lesson on a topic of their choosing that is unique to their personal interests: from the benefits of mindfulness, to how to sous vide chicken, to the Pig War of 1859, just to name a few!
In the spirit of the “Now You Know,” we would like to share some things we’ve been learning about Black History Month. We hope you will discover something new, too.
In the month of February, we are invited to make time to grow in our awareness of the ways a specific group of individuals, Black and African American, have helped advance modern society, culture, and ways of life. Black History Month honors those who struggle(d) through adversity in order to realize change in their local communities and beyond. It is an opportunity to recognize the dynamic contributions of Black Americans to the beautiful and diverse fabric of our civilization.
Did you know…?
- Carter G. Woodson (one of the first African Americans to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard) dedicated his entire career to African American History and was a leader in efforts to ensure the recognition of Black history at a national level. His efforts led to the celebration of the first public Black History event, celebrated in 1926. It was one week long and occurred in February, the month that encompassed the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12th) and Frederick Douglass (Feb. 14th). (Link)
- In 1970, Kent State University established the 1st ever month-long celebration of Black History Month. (Fun fact, Kent State also happens to be the Alma Mater of our founder and CEO, Ron Doney.) (Link)
- The recognition expands beyond the United States. The US (1976) & Canada (1995) celebrate Black History Month in February. The United Kingdom (1987), Ireland (2014), and Netherlands (2015) honor it in October. (link)
- Every year, Black History Month has a theme determined by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). This year’s theme centers on Black Health and Wellness. Focusing on Black scholars and medical practitioners, but also the importance of mental and physical health and wellness. (link)
We invite you to join us, this month and beyond, in listening, learning, and recognizing the richness of Black history and the unique legacy of Black Americans.