I’m so tired of hearing people gripe about black history month being February, the shortest month of the year. I’m sorry, I’m venting. In the midst of a wonderful month-long black history celebration that our diversity counsel put on this month, I overheard my (well-educated) co-worker whine about “why is it that black history month is the shortest month of the year?”. I told him that he sounded like a played out black comedian. That probably wasn’t the best response on my part, but I am honestly so frustrated by this. A black man created black history month, not a white man, so stop whining about the injustice of it all. Just stop! If it’s so unjust, start a movement to push it back a month so you can celebrate for 3 extra days, or celebrate it until March 3rd!
According to our diversity counsel, much of the credit for black history month can go to Harvard Scholar Dr. Carter G. Woodson, “the Father of Black History Month”, who was determined to bring Black History into the mainstream public arena. In 1926 Woodson organized the first annual Negro History Week, which took place during the second week of February. Woodson chose this date to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln - two men who had greatly impacted the black population. Over time, Negro History Week evolved into the Black History Month that we know today - a four-week-long celebration of African American History.
Celebrate Mr. Woodson! Celebrate the incredible history and journey of African Americans! Celebrate the amazing Africans Americans in your life and family and their ancestors!
…and please stop whining!