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Black History Month

Kimberly Delgado

In the United States every year we celebrate Black History Month in February, which celebrates the achievements of African Americans and gives recognition to the roles they have played in U.S history. The United States, as well as other countries in the world, celebrate Black History Month. As a matter of fact, Canada and the United Kingdom also joined in celebrating Black History Month. It didn’t start as a celebration of the whole month, though. In 1926, Carter Woodson and the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History (ASALH) started a “Negro History Week” to give attention to African American achievements. The celebration was spread amongst the people and 10 years later, colleges and universities turned the week into a whole month. The black population has increased tons since 1870 — it  was 4.8 million, then and by 2007 the population had grown to over 40.7 million!

Here are some people we should recognize:

John Mercer Langston was the first black man to become a lawyer in 1854.

Thurgood Marshall was the first African American ever to join the Supreme Court from 1967 to 1991.

Shirley Chisholm was the first African American  elected to the House of Representatives in 1968 and she represented New York.

We all know our former president, Barack Obama, became the first African-American president in U.S history for two terms in a row in 2009.

These people accomplished many things and they deserve so much recognition.  Stay tuned and pay attention to the morning announcements for more about this great month.

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Black History Month