Black History Month

In February of 1925, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH) announced the creation of Negro History Week. When the first celebration was held in 1926, the response was incredible. Over the next 50 years, the annual celebration of the history, culture, and importance of black history throughout the world continued to grow, contributing a major part to the progress made in support of the rights of African-Americans. In 1976, the celebration was expanding to an entire month in response to the growing recognition and declaration of the importance of black history as part of the American story.

Although we all reap the benefits of the hard work, ingenuity, bravery, creativity, and greatness of African-American men and women throughout history on a daily basis, February is a time for us to reflect specifically on the foundations laid before. Men and women like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Harriett Tubman, Rosa Parks, Ruby Bridges, Malcolm X, John Lewis, Jackie Robinson, Spike Lee, and many more, are names we know quite well.

But have you ever wondered how extensive an impact black history has on your daily life? A few years back, our President & CEO Gerald McFadden found the article we've linked below, entitled "A World Without Black People." In this intriguing and enlightening read, Philip Emeagwali presents a story that starts out seemingly simply, with a young boy asking his mother what the world would be like with no black people. The tale quickly and concisely reveals just how much that would impact all of our lives.

We strongly encourage you to read this well-told tale as we close out Black History Month. It celebrates names we may not know and tells us just how important black history is to the American story.