History of Black History Month
This year marks the 45th consecutive celebration of Black History Month, which was first recognized by President Gerald R. Ford. In 1976, President Ford encouraged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
Dr. Carter G. Woodson, a historian who is widely considered the father of Black History, had started the annual tradition of celebrating Black people and their history in February of 1926. These early celebrations were set in February to honor the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.
Black History Month Activities Playlist
Explore our curated playlist of activities for Black History Month in Mizzen. These activities span the topics of social justice, civil rights, the Civil War, abolitionist leaders and more. Allow Mizzen to help you plan Black History Month for students (from grades K-12) and get started with these fun, free activities today.
#BlackExcellence on social media
Follow Mizzen on social media as we share stories from Black history and the accomplishments of notable Black men and women. Look for mentions of Mary McLeod Bethune, Barack Obama, Harriet Tubman and Serena Williams.