The Black History Month gets a nod from Donald Trump who acknowledges the history of the African-American since the bygone times. Carter G. Woodson’s brainchild, Association for the Study of African American History, has a history dating back to 1926. Woodson thought it best to promote his community’s history and their legacy. In order to achieve this, he set up ASAAH and chose February to celebrate the achievement of his ancestors.
A Ph.D holder in history himself, Woodson knew the struggles first-hand through his parents. Black History Month stood the test of time, through several Presidents and still stands strong – in significance and in consensus.
Black History Month: History
Woodson, for his part, took an intense liking to the history of our world. However, he had his apprehensions about the Black history, something he thought would wither away in time. He wasn’t the type to bear silent witness to his faltering heritage, instead he set up ASAAH. An organization to promote and take pride in the history of the African-American community through their perilous journey.
India Today reports Woodson’s quote that goes, “If a race has no history, it stands in a danger of being exterminated.” A visionary by his own right, Woodson, was an avid admirer of Abraham Lincoln and a former slave, Frederick Douglass. Both, responsible for the upliftment of the community and advocates of their rights and interests. Besides, their birthday month of February was chosen as Black History Month to commemorate their contribution.
Initially, Woodson’s idea was to encourage the students to learn the history of their ancestors during a week in February. Subsequently, he thought that wasn’t enough to protect the cause. This in turn paved way for the monthly celebration. Over the course of time, the event had a transformation from academics to a festival, for what it’s worth.
— Congressmember Bass (@RepKarenBass) February 4, 2017
It was indeed Gerald R. Ford who first made a strong statement honoring the event. In 1975, he sent a message of awareness on the achievements of the community. Also, he was confessional in his soliloquy calling the Black Americans’ achievements as obscure and unsung. Jimmy Carter, too, gave his approbation to the heritage that adds so much to their way of life.
Furthermore, Ronald Reagan in 1981 called the event a key to understand the strength of the nation. Latest statement from Trump’s spokesman upholds a message in similarity to the earlier Presidents. Accordingly, Trump takes pride in the culture and traditions of the African-Americans. Something that might aid in his tenure in the years to come.