Black History Month Begins

In 1915, Dr. Carter G. Woodson and Reverend Jesse E. Moorland co-founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH). The primary purpose of this group was to research and share information about the ignored race of African-Americans including first, inventions and discoveries.

Woodson, the second black person to receive a degree from Harvard University, brought an idea to his fraternity Omega Psi Phi. He created a week at the university where they shared this knowledge of black history and called it Negro History Week. He chose to month of February in honor of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass who were both born in the month of February. Both Lincoln and Douglass helped benefit African Americans.

In light of Black History Month, my cousin and I have decided to research our family’s roots. Talking to grandmothers, cousins, and great-aunts will help us to fill in the missing branches to our tree.

As the popular saying goes, you can not know where you are going until you know where you have been.

Let’s teach the children about their culture and why they should be proud to be an African American.

In light of Chicago’s blizzard, thank Alice Parker. In 1918, this African American created a heating furnace that could heat up an entire living space.