The idea for honoring African Americans and their contributions to America first came with Carter G. Woodson, in 1926. Considered the “father of black history,” he envisioned a week long celebration focusing attention on notable black Americans.
His idea grew, and by 1969 Kent State University students and educators promoted his idea with February chosen as Black History Month, due to the birthday of Abraham Lincoln, (2/12), and Frederick Douglass, (2/14). In 1976, President Gerald Ford recognized the month during our bicentennial year 50 years after celebrations had begun.
The Month is honored in the United States, Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.
Three Highlights for today..
- Apple plans updates to cut down on unwanted tracking and stalking via i phones. About time..
- Dolly Parton to cover tuition for all her theme park employees. Go, Dolly!
- Space X loss of 40 satellites launched during solar storm.