The San Francisco Public Library is holding a
Black History Month event with community partners on Saturday, February 22. Details on this event are below, along with insights, book recommendations, and links to a conversation with Dr. Gregory Carr, which inspired the beginning of my month, and I wanted to be sure to share with each of you.
From Carr's talk:
Black History Month was started in 1926 by Dr. Carter Woodsen as
Negro History Week “to deepen the study of Black people in world history and extend to humans in history. What would this lead to? Getting rid of [the concept of] whiteness.”
Why was a week in February chosen? Dr. Woodsen selected the second week of February to coincide with the recognized birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12) and Frederick Douglass (Feb. 14). Frederick Douglas’ actual birthday was unknown to him, but he selected February 14 for the memory of his mother calling him “her valentine.” In 1970
Negro History Week was expanded to
Black History Month by Black student and educators activists, and has been officially recognized by US presidents since 1976.
Dr. Gregory Carr’s full presentation on Dr. Carter Woodsen
and the origins of
Black History Month
Hope your month is full of Black History insights that meaningfully deepen your day, and those around you. Have something to share? Send it my way.