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BLACK HISTORY MONTH February 2017: Special Edition Origins & History by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino

Black History Month is an annual observance in the United States of America, Canada, and the United Kingdom for remembrance of influential and important people, and historical events in the history of the African diaspora. It’s celebrated annually in the USA and Canada in the month of February, and in the United Kingdom in the month of October.


Audre Lorde (Audrey Geraldine Lorde, February 18, 1934 – November 17, 1992) was a New York born black writer, poet, feminist, gay woman, civil rights activist.

  Lisa Pacino and her company Under The Duvet Productions serves and covers the Black Community and its non-Black allies who partner with the Black Community through The Arts as well as social and political awareness. Lisa Pacino is a Democratic Socialist, Progressive, Liberal, Social & Civil Rights Activist, and Humanitarian.

Black History Week (known as “Negro History Week”) 1926: The precursor to Black History Month was created in 1926 in the United States of America, when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be “Negro History Week.” This week was chosen because it coincided with the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and of Frederick Douglass on February 14, both of which dates Black communities had celebrated together since the late 19th century. From the event’s initial phase, primary emphasis was placed on encouraging the coordinated teaching of the history of American blacks in the nation’s public schools.

“[Black History Week was] one of the most fortunate steps ever taken by the Association.” —Carter G. Woodson

 At the time of Negro History Week’s launch Woodson contended that the teaching of black history was essential to ensure the physical and intellectual survival of the race within broader society.

“If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated. The American Indian left no continuous record. He did not appreciate the value of tradition; and where is he today? The Hebrew keenly appreciated the value of tradition, as is attested by the Bible itself. In spite of worldwide persecution, therefore, he is a great factor in our civilization.” —Carter G. Woodson

By 1929 The Journal of Negro History was able to note that with only two exceptions officials with the State Departments of Educations of “every state with considerable Negro population” had made the event known to that state’s teachers and distributed official literature associated with the event.” Churches also played a significant role in the distribution of literature in association with Negro History Week during this initial interval, with the pages of the mainstream and black press aiding in the publicity effort. Negro History Week was met with enthusiastic response; it prompted the creation of black history clubs, an increase in interest among teachers, and interest from progressive whites. “Negro History Week” grew in popularity throughout the following decades eventually endorsing it as a holiday.

Black History Week Expanded to a Month 1976:

The expansion of Black History Week to Black History Month was first proposed by the leaders of the Black United Students at Kent State University in Ohio in February 1969. The first celebration of the Black History Month took place at Kent State one year later, in February 1970. In 1976 as part of the United States Bicentennial, the informal expansion of “Negro History Week” to Black History Month was officially recognized by the U.S. government. It was first celebrated in 1987 the United Kingdom; and in 1995 in Canada.

At Under The Duvet Productions Every Day is Black History Month.

Please visit our 2015 & 2016 Black History Month Celebrity Photo-Articles.

Lisa Pacino and Under The Duvet Productions are based in New York. Photography services are available worldwide. If you wish to book photography services, receive information, and/or license images for commercial and/or promotional use please E-mail: UnderTheDuvetProductions@gmail.com

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