Black History Month

Here is my news article that is going to be publish in my High School Newspaper (News at the Drews)

Capri Magda
Staff writer

Chicago, Illinois—In America we celebrate Black History Month on February. This holiday was created by Carter G Woodson because he wanted to promote and encourage interest of black history.
The creator of Black History Month, Carter G Woodson (1875-1950), was the son of former slaves. Woodson earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree from University of Chicago and became only the second African American to earn a doctorate from Harvard University. Black History Month is a month to learn, honor, and celebrate the achievements of black men and women throughout history. Before this holiday was called Black History Month it was called Negro History Week. Woodson chose the second week of February for the holiday to begin because the week included the birthdays of President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, In 1976 Negro History Week expanded to the entire month of February. Woodson notice most textbooks at the time ignored the history and achievements of blacks and he wanted to find a way to encourage interest and study of black history. In 1926 Woodson promoted his idea of a “Negro History Week” and The Association For the Study of Negro History life and History (ASNLH) began to provide study materials such as pictures, posters, and lesson plans to help teachers bring Negro History Week in schools. Today people debate and have concerns about black history being celebrated and honor for a single month. According to the actor Morgan Freeman, he thinks the month long celebration is “ridiculous”.


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