Black History Month: Honoring African-American Political Leaders

Black History Month is a time of celebrating the historical contributions of African Americans. The celebration has existed since the early seventies as a celebration of the achievements in the African-American community, particularly within the social, political and cultural frameworks of American life. The first known Black History Monthcelebration took place at Kent State University in Ohio among students and educators in 1970. In 1976, President Gerald Ford called all citizens of the United States to recognize Black History Month and “the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” Communities, organizations, educational...

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