Editorial: Black History Month provides many learning opportunities

Each February, Americans commemorate the achievements of African Americans during Black History Month.

Black History Month began in 1915 as "Negro History Week," which was the idea of American historian Carter G. Woodson and several other well-known African Americans.

According to History.com: "That September, the Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by black Americans and other peoples of African descent. Known today as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the group sponsored a national 'Negro History Week' in 1926, choosing the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The event inspired schools and communities nationwide to organize local celebrations, establish history clubs and host performances and lectures."

The celebratory month has continued ever since. From Feb. 1-Feb 29, the spotlight is shined on the contributions of black Americans, from science to civil rights to athletics to culture -- and more.

Each day in February, the Daily Citizen-News, with a big assist from the Whitfield County NAACP, is helping to make that spotlight brighter. On page 2A of the newspaper, you'll find a Black History Month Fact of the Day just underneath the Today In History roundup. People featured range from national figures to those with ties to Dalton.

The local NAACP chapter approached us about incorporating the daily fact and we were more than willing to jump on board. Representatives with the local NAACP did the heavy lifting by selecting people to feature and then writing the copy.

We hope you are enjoying learning more about the many contributions of African Americans during Black History Month.

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