February means Black History Month. This is the month that honors African-Americans and their outstanding contributions made to society over the years. Tradition has the sitting President of the United States announcing the yearly observance of Black History Month. Duly on Wednesday, February 1, President Trump made his declaration. Originally, it’s the inception of the noted African-American historian, scholar, educator and publisher Carter G. Woodson. Black History Month was first known as the “Negro History Week”. By 1976, Black History Month became a month-long celebration. Also, February is ideal as Black History Month. The African-American social reformer Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln were both born in this month. The contributions that these two individuals have made to black history is undeniable.
LITTLE KNOWN FACTS
Throughout history, African-Americans have made notable contributions to their communities and the nation. Here are some facts readers might not have known. The National Council of Negro Women is the largest woman’s organization. Another fact is that in 1634 beliefs and laws were that Blacks shouldn’t receive any education. However, French Catholics in Louisiana did provide education for all laborers regardless of their race. Next, in 1809, Texas was still a part of Mexico. However, in the midst of slavery, Victor Blanco was the first Black mayor of San Antonio. Also, in 1540, 80 years before the pilgrims arrived, the first Blacks settled in Alabama. Arriving with the Spanish and calling themselves Moors. Lastly, when discussing the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman is the first name a person would think to mention. However, the President of the Underground Railway was Levi Coffin.
THINGS TO DO
Black History Month is honored all over the United States. There are many things to do and see, not only during February, but most locations have activities all year round. Places like the DuSable Museum of African-American History (Chicago, IL), or the Children’s Museum of Atlanta (Atlanta, GA) and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (New York, NY). Plan a visit to any of these venues and book your trip with Fellowship Fleet Limousine and Bus Company.