February Black History Month

Deborah Diaz, Photographer

As known, February is Black History month. This has been recognized since the 1970s, and declared by President Gerald Ford. The National Association for the Colored People was founded on February 12, 1909, “The NAACP is founded”. The NAACP is America’s oldest Civil Rights organization, as well as its largest. American civil rights movement and the rise of Black consciousness in the 1960s; Negro History Week had become Black History Month in more places like the United States, Canada, and United Kindom. This is important because it’s a way of remembering people and events of history.


February is the birth of Abraham Lincoln, who issued the “Emancipation Proclamation”. He is important in this subject because he declared those slaves free. He ablolished slavery, and we celebrate him today to thank him for his action. 


 Fredrick Douglas “African American abolitionist, author and orator”, these two appear larger in the Black past.  Douglas  is an important figure of black history because as a slave himself he could count stories of his expirence with the abuses of  slavery. When Douglass Escaped, wrote best selling autobiographies and became one of the nations most powerful voices against human bondage.


Martin Luther King Jr. was a civil rights leader, his experience turned him into a brave leader. He advocated peaceful approaches to big problems like the Montgomery boy bus boycott, and the March on Washington. King used his voice to stand up and make a difference, in hopes of removing segregation for future generations. His action overall contributed success to the civil rights movement.