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Black History Month 2021

February is Black History Month.

African-American/Black History Month is an annual celebration which recognizes the significant contributions of African-Americans throughout our nation’s history, through their contributions in arts, entertainment, law, politics, sciences, sports and so much more.

The history of African-American/Black History Month traces back to 1915, when the “Father of Black History Month,” Dr. Carter G. Woodson, founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, which is currently known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). Through their diligence and commitment to African American citizens, Dr. Woodson and the ASALH introduced the first Negro History Week in February 1926.

In 1976, President Gerald Ford issued the first African-American History Month proclamation, calling upon the Americans to celebrate this observance each February. Since that time, U.S. presidents have issued proclamations to pay tribute to African Americans.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

We celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day (MLK Day for short) on the third Monday of January.

MLK Day of Service

The MLK Day of Service is a chance to help your neighbors and community on MLK Day. On this day, everyone is encouraged to serve, educate, volunteer, and share.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said

Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'

Participating in the MLK Day of Service is a great way to answer!