Forty Years of Black History Month

On this day in 1976, U.S. News & World Report published A Bicentennial Guide to Black History, as February, 1976, was the first official Black History Month. From there, the idea spread, and now Black History Month is celebrated in the United Kingdom, and in Canada. The reason the article struck me was that Black History Month grew out of Negro History Week — a major success that began in 1926. Reading that article from 1976, I reflect on how much time has changed, and how much readers of this blog are, yourselves, part of history — after all, you were almost certainly an adult in 1976. Give the article a read, and see how much you think things have changed.

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