In the beginning
African American History Month has its origins in Negro History Week which began in 1925 and was founded by Carter G. Woodson.
It was first celebrated in February of 1926 during the week of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass’ birthdays.
The week-long celebration eventually became a whole month by 1976. President Gerald R. Ford endorsed the celebration and encouraged the country to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
Honoring African-American leaders and trail blazers
African-American history month is a time to honor brave men and women who are an important part of American history.
These men and women were poets, freedom fighters, advocates, singers, inventors and many other occupations that helped blaze a trail and shape the United States.
Local schools and organizations will be participating in activities over the month of February in observance of African American History Month.
The Daily Guide will cover these events and encourages the local community to contact us with information about African-American History Month observances.
Honoring local leaders
Leaders including Paul Corbett, who have been nominated for contributions to the community and the example they have set for the young people of Pulaski County will be profiled.
Watch the Daily Guide every Tuesday in February for a profile of a local African-American leader nominated by readers as a person who is interesting, inspiring or deserves to be recognized. Any reader who would like to nominate someone is welcome to contact us via email, facebook or phone.