Black History Month at Bucknell
February is Black History Month! But what do you really know about it and its origins? A month which grew from “Negro History Week”, the first of which was celebrated in 1926 and sponsored by the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), created by Carter G. Woodson and Jesse E. Moorland in 1915. “Negro History Week” began as a dedicated time to celebrate the achievements of African Americans and their contributions to U.S. history as it continues to be today. President Gerald Ford officially recognized February as “Black History Month” in 1976, chosen to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas (History.com Editors, Jan. 2022) and the national month-long celebration has since been designated by every U.S. President.
Here at Bucknell, we’re finding ways to recognize our black students, faculty, and staff for their accomplishments and host events which inspire and empower. In the office of Diversity & Inclusion, cross-collaboration is an important part of what we do. In that spirit, we are working with Bucknell’s Black Student Union to spread the word on thier events through social media, like the upcoming Black Arts Festival. Running February 18th and 19th it will feature a fashion show and the Stomp Out Classic. Other events such as Women of Color Wednesdays (occuring every month), Spirit Week, and many others are in the works for the rest of the month! It is important that we create an inclusive space for black voices to be heard and understand the value and significance of this month.