Woodson chose february for negro history week for reasons of. President reagan issued presidential proclamation 5443 which proclaimed that the foremost purpose of black history month is to make all. By this time, the entire nation had come to recognize the importance of black history in the drama of the american story. Onley reads the 2015 black history month proclamation. The following is an abridged version of president obamas proclamation for black history month, provided exclusively to usa today. Black history month 2016 presidential proclamation south. Ronald reagans first black history month proclamation stated that. That year, fifty years after the first celebration, the association held the first african american history month. Incidents in the life of a slave girl this slave narrative by harriet ann jacobs was originally published in 1861 just as the american civil war began. Trump says its national african american history month daily mail. Leadership partnerships awards the asalh book prize our history woodson home. The author of more than 20 books, including a century of negro migration. Since then each american president has issued african american history month proclamations.
Black history month is underway, and black people are getting all the feels that come with historical blackness. The 18 best black books of all time for black history month. Black history month did not just happen one day, and it is not in february. News feb 09, 2016 by rosemary sadlier bloor west villager. Here is an essay on the history and purpose of black history month, followed by. February is the 20th anniversary of black history month in canada. She is the author of six highly acclaimed books on. Black history month is an annual celebration of achievements by african americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in u. Presidential proclamation national african american history.
In february 1996 the senate passed senate resolution 229 commemorating black history month and the contributions of african american u. More than 70 activities a kids guide series by nancy i. Black history month did not just happen one day, and it is not in february because it is the. Presidential proclamation national african american history month, 2016 by the president of the united states of america a proclamation. Proclamation on national african american history month, 2020. The proclamation emphasized the theme for that year, the achievements of black women from sojourner truth to mary mcleod bethune and toni morrison. Black history month is an annual celebration of achievements by. Proposed proclamations shall be submitted at least 60 days in advance of the specified observance, with any approved commemorative proclamations transmitted to the president. Presidential proclamation national african american. Most modern presidents have referred to the february celebration as national african american history month in their official proclamations. The color purple by alice walker, their eyes were watching god by zora neale hurston, between the world and me by t. In 2016, the cooperative childrens book center at the university of wisconsinmadison found that out of 3,400 kids books, fewer than onequarter of them featured a main character who was black, asian, latino or native american. African american history month law library of congress.
Woodson established negro history week in 1926, he realized the. Stanley lofton will be present to accept the proclamation. The month of february signifies a celebration of all things black. Trump, president of the united states of america, do hereby proclaim february 2020 as national african american history month. There are tons of great ways to celebrate black history month parades, movie marathons, trips to the museums but for the book nerds its clearly another great excuse to break out the books. She is the author of six highly acclaimed books on black history and has. Abraham lincoln reading an early draft of the emancipation proclamation to members of his cabinet. From superstar author angie thomas, this stunning novel is inspired by the activists of black lives matter and is 100% required reading for this month and beyond. As black populations grew, mayors issued negro history week proclamations, and in. This years black history month was marked with a stamp honouring. President abraham lincoln, who signed the emancipation proclamation and took the country into. Proclamation recognizing black history month presented by craig rice. In recognition of african americans past and present in our commonwealth, governor tom wolf proclaims february 2016 to be black history month.100 1479 360 274 421 394 686 1484 39 33 853 1240 1289 371 743 383 637 721 809 304 1552 48 884 304 715 183 1449 1209 554 765 164 209 561 1332