February is Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month, here in the United States. The first Black History Month to be officially recognized by the U.S. government was in 1976, though Black History Month, and before that Black History Week, had been celebrated since 1926. This study and celebration of the history of the black race was created by Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. You can read more about the origins of Black History Month here.
Knowing our history is very important. It helps us to know more about and celebrate our past, as well as provides us a direction to move forward.