February is Black History Month, a time to recognize and celebrate the achievements of North Americans of African descent. It began in 1926 as a week-long commemoration of African-Americans.
“Negro History Week” was originally celebrated during the same week as the birthdays of Frederick Douglas (abolitionist) and Abraham Lincoln (former U.S. president) who had a profound influence on African-Americans. Eventually it morphed into Black History Month and is celebrated annually in Canada and the U.S.
In the spirit of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the man credited with founding this annual observance, Weal World Travel will be bringing your attention to various aspects of the African diaspora worldwide.
*Cover photo is from the annual Caribana parade in Toronto, Canada. Credit: Kimberley ©2012*
Black History Canada
The History of Black History Month
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