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The Reason Black History Month Is in February This makes a lot of sense. Every February, we celebrate a special holiday. And no, I'm not talking about Valentine's...

This makes a lot of sense.

Every February, we celebrate a special holiday. And no, I’m not talking about Valentine’s Day. I’m referring to the 28 (or 29) days we dedicate to honoring Black History Month, our nation’s way of showing respect and recognition for the hard work of and sacrifices made by African Americans .RELATED STORIES40 Famous Black Women of the 21st Century50 of Oprah’s 2020 Favorite Things Are Black Owned A Directory of Black-Owned U.S. Bookstores

“Black History Month shouldn’t be treated as though it is somehow separate from our collective American history, or somehow just boiled down to a compilation of greatest hits from the March on Washington, or from some of our sports heroes,” President Barack Obama said in a 2016 speech. “It’s about the lived, shared experience of all African Americans, high and low, famous and obscure, and how those experiences have shaped and challenged and ultimately strengthened America. It’s about taking an unvarnished look at the past so we can create a better future. It’s a reminder of where we as a country have been so that we know where we need to go.”

Despite a tragic American history that saw Black people bought and sold into slavery, a continuing fight against everyday racism, and urgent issues like police brutality, we’ve remained strong. Black Americans confront a layered, painful past while making countless cultural contributions. We’ve been responsible for classic books, beauty brands (we’re looking at you, Madam C.J. Walker), creative small businesses, films, and inventions we can’t imagine life without—and we’re still completing countless impressive firsts.

But out of all the calendar pages, why is Black History Month in February (a.k.a. the month of love)? And who started this tradition? Here’s a primer.



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