Black History Month – also known as African-American History Month in the United States – is observed every February in the U.S. and Canada and October in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
WellCare is proud to celebrate Black History Month, honoring the many important contributions and achievements African-Americans have made throughout our nation’s history.
What’s recognized today as a month-long event began in 1926 as “Negro History Week” by Carter G. Woodson, a historian, author, journalist and founder of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History. He, with the help of other prominent African-Americans, brought this idea to light and chose the month of February to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln and Booker T. Washington – key leaders in the fight to end slavery and bring equality to all Americans.
In 1976, under the Ford administration, February was officially recognized by the federal government as Black History Month. “Black History Month is distinguished in order to cultivate conversations around what our involvement in human history really meant,” said Daryl Michael Scott, Professor of History at Howard University.
What a lot of people don’t know is that each year, Black History month is tied to a theme honoring African-Americans. This year, the focus is on “African-Americans in Times of War” and honors the roles that Blacks played in warfare throughout American History.
Join WellCare in celebrating Black History Month and remembering the important people and events that helped shape our country. Use the comments section below to tell us how you recognize this important month-long event.