Rather than argue the merits of Black History Month it is important to note the accomplishments of blacks especially in this country where the observance began because it fixes us on the law of progress, resilience of love, and the radiance of soul. This law, quality, idea that is the basis for black achievement is universal and applicable to all, making this annual observance especially meaningful.
In light of our first African American president, I was inspired to think about black history more deeply this year. Black History Month an enduring lesson written for spirituality.com was the result of that thinking. Working on that piece I discovered The Association for the Study of African American Life and History. It was started by Carter G. Woodson in 1915. According to its website, the mission of ASALH is to “promote, research, preserve, interpret and disseminate information about Black life, history and culture to the global community.” Mr. Woodson was the second African American to receive a PhD from Harvard University. He is known as the father of black history because he initiated the observance with Negro History Week in 1926. In 1976 Negro History Week was expanded to the month long observance we celebrate today.