The Black History Month 2021 theme, “Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity” explores the African diaspora, and the spread of Black families.
Black History Month is an annual celebration in February of achievements by African Americans and people of African decent in the around the world.
Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson created in 1926 in the United States and other prominent African Americans.
photo: Carter T. Wilson, historian&founder of Black History month
He urged Americans to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history".
Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Black people of African decent in many countries around the world, also devote a month to celebrating Black history.
I believe Black people, our history & cultures should not only be celebrated in February but daily, as we have like many other cultures around the world, established ourselves as leaders and game changers.
Rosa Parks: helped initiate the civil rights movement in the United States when she refused to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama bus in 1955. Her actions inspired the leaders of the local Black community to organize the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Led by a young Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968.
Malcolm X (born Malcolm Little; May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965) was an African American Muslim minister and human rights activist who was a popular figure during the civil rights movement. He is best known for his time spent as a vocal spokesman for the Nation of Islam.
Muhammad Ali(January 17,1942 - June 3, 2016) was an American professional boxer, activist, entertainer and philanthropist. Nicknamed The Greatest, he is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated figures of the 20th century and as one of the greatest boxers of all time. His personality was larger than life and he touched fans hearts all over the world.
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela(18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was imprisoned by the white Apartheid regime and spent 27 years in prison. He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election.
Barack Hussein Obama II is an African American politician and attorney who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, Obama was the first African-American president of the United States.
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and record producer. She rose to fame in the late 1990s as the lead singer of Destiny's Child, one of the best-selling girl groups of all time. Beyoncé is often cited as an influence by other artists.
Samuel Leroy Jackson is an American actor and producer.
Widely regarded as one of the most popular actors of his generation, the films in which he has appeared have collectively grossed over $27 billion worldwide, making him the highest-grossing actor of all time.
Not only is he the most bankable movie star he’s also “the most influential actor of all time,” according to an algorithm-based study published in the journal Applied Network Science. Plus, Jackson has starred in many movies—120 and counting.
Kamala Devi Harris is an American politician and attorney serving as the 49th and current vice president of the United States. She is the United States' first female vice president, the highest-ranking female official in U.S. history, and the first African American and first Asian American vice president.
The Black Lives Matter movement comprises a broad array of people and organizations.
The slogan "Black Lives Matter" itself remains untrademarked by any group
The broader movement and its related organizations typically advocate against police violence towards black people as well as for various other policy changes considered to be related to black liberation.