Life Holidays & Observances Black History Month
The theme for Black History Month 2019 follows
"Black Migrations" honoring African Americans
in motion -- as they moved from the farm to the
and from poverty to the national stage
business, politics, literature and the arts.
Each year beginning on February 1, an entire month of events are planned nationwide honoring the history and contributions of African Americans.
The theme for Black History Month in 2019 is "Black Migrations" which follows the continuous movement of blacks from the American South to the industrialized North and beyond.
Beginning in the 20th century south, African American migration included relocation from farms to cities, and from the South to the Northeast and Midwest. The period quickly gave rise to a growing number of black industrial leaders and black entrepreneurs.
Along with the emergence of new music genres like ragtime, blues, and jazz, the Harlem Renaissance in New York signaled a blossoming of the visual and literary arts.
In Europe, following the two world wars, African American performers and musicians also emigrated to Paris and other European capitols where American jazz became an instant hit.
Today, an influx of black immigrants from the Caribbean and Africa, when compared with other immigrant groups, are more likely to be U.S. citizens or to be proficient English speakers.
Meanwhile, African-American millenials have reversed the historic trend in recent years with an uptick in black populations in Atlanta, Houston and other southern communities, bringing the North-South migration full circle.
All about Black History Month
Black History Month first originated as part of an initiative by writer and educator Dr. Carter G. Woodson, who launched Negro History Week in 1926. Woodson proclaimed that Negro History Week should always occur in the second week of February — between the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.
Since 1976, every American president has proclaimed February as Black History Month. Today, other countries such as Canada and the United Kingdom also devote an entire month to celebrating black history.
The Web is a great place to find out more about that history — in poetry, literature, the arts, sciences, sports and entertainment — making Black History Month a time of fun, celebration, and learning.
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