TheBlack History Month title was known to all after the thirteenth amendmentabolished slavery in the United States. In the latter part of the year of 1915Carter G Woodson and minister Jesse E Moorland founded a black organizationcalled the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History(ASNLH). Carter GWoodson had earned his Master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Harvard, both centeredtoward history. After years of reading about how all the blacks were left outand unrecognized for all the deeds they have done to shape the United States hedecided to start up this foundation.
The organization would encourage thehealthy studying of black accomplishments and celebrate their work. It is known today as the Study of AfricanAmerican Life and History(ASNLH) and this group sponsored a national NegroHistory week in 1926 during the second week of February to relate it to thebirthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. After many years of mayorsof various cities proclaiming and recognizing Negro History Week it became morerespected. In the late 1960’s with much help of the Civil Rights Movement,Negro History Week transformed in Black History month.Frederick Douglass, born as a slave in theyear 1811, was a center piece of the black voices that spoke for us.
The youngman was an escaped slave who used his story and his heart to express himself.Most people would consider him one of the great anti-slavery activists. Hispowerful words made him an influential speaker and, in the focus of slavery, itwas magnified. Being an icon of his time, we can all consider him not just as ahumanitarian who stood up with others in our movement, but a nudging voice inall our battles to this day.
Abraham Lincoln who was a part of thesenate during his time despite some beliefs was a man of honor. We read that hemade steps to ensure the freedom and equality of the black man, He too startedto speak about racism and signed one of the most important documents thatchanged history as a we know it. He would use his new-found knowledge to arguefor slavery to be eradicated all over. His candid work over the years helpedbecome a milestone for various steps to be taking throughout history. His manyspeeches with his added approval from the black community tied him into this monthalso.