Black History Month

Autumn Hedrick

As many Americans know, black history month begins on February 1. This began in 1915 started by Carter G Woodson. Black history month is a month when African Americans get recognition for the role they play in the world. This is celebrated in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Even though this has been a month that has been celebrated for over 100 years, many are still critical when it comes to black history month. Morgan Freeman, a five-time Oscar-winning actor said, “I don’t want a Black History Month. Black history is American history.” 


What is the theme this year?


The theme for Black History Month this year is Black Health and Wellness. “Black Health and Wellness not only includes one’s physical body, but also emotional and mental health.” – Association For The Study of African American Life and History

There is a different theme every year, they each have a different topic and way to be known. For example, the last five themes for black history month are listed below.


2021 – The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity

2020 – African Americans and The Vote

2019 – Black Migration

2018 – African Americans in Times of War

2017 – The Crisis in Black Education 


What are some ways you can celebrate?


When celebrating Black history month, you do not necessarily have to be of the same race as the ones being celebrated. says you can



Donate to support anti-racism, black artists, creators, and businesses.



Read and promote the films and books produced and written by and about them.



Learn about black history and why they get a month celebrating them. 



Find when and where celebrations and events are occurring and participate in what’s happening.