Black History Month is a remembrance of important people and events in the history of
the African diaspora. It is celebrated annually in the United States and Canada in the
month of February, while in the UK it's held in the month of October.


When the tradition of Black History Month was started in the US, many in mainstream
academia had barely begun to explore black history. At that point, most representation
of blacks in history books was only in reference to the low social position they held as
slaves and their descendants, with the exception of
George Washington Carver. Black
History Month can also be referred to as African-American History Month, or African
Heritage Month. W.E.B. DuBois' 1935 work "Black Reconstruction" was an early work in
history that pointed to black contributions.

In the
United Kingdom (UK), Black History Month is celebrated in the month of October.
The official guide to Black History Month in the UK is published by Sugar Media, Ltd., which
produces 100,000 copies nationwide.

Part of the aim of Black History Month is to recognise significant contributions to society
made by people with African heritage and how their history is integral to mainstream
narratives. It demonstrates how all peoples contribute to a culture.

Booker T Washington
Martin Luther King
Harriett Tubman
Barack Obama
Black History
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