After finding little to no representation of black history in the school curriculum, Carter Woodson decided to take action. So in 1915, he and Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, ASALH). They promoted the study of black history and all the accomplishments made by African Americans. Today little has changed in our school system. Teachers remain tethered to outdated and often times incorrect history regarding people of color. Black History Month was established to rectify this injustice.
Throughout my primary, secondary, and post-secondary schooling, I have yet to learn about the many African Americans who built, fought, and utilized their minds and bodies to position the United States to its current world standing. This month, I decided to research some little-known past and present legends who continue to make an impact today. The Black History Biographies and Activities booklet was created to allow people of all colors to learn more about what I would call American History. If you would like to extend your learning in February and beyond, please visit our LIFT2Enrich Activities page to download this beautifully illustrated PDF document. Black History should be celebrated year-round and I challenge you to make this a monthly exercise.