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Fresno Councilman Esparza celebrates Black History Month from a collective community perspective


FRESNO, CA – As the annual tradition of Black History Month continues in communities throughout the United States and worldwide, its humble beginnings of one week long surpassed the original vision of its founder, Harvard historian and author, Carter G. Woodson.

Woodson’s hopes to raise awareness of African American’s contributions to civilization was realized when he and the organization he founded, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), conceived and announced Negro History Week in 1925. The event was originally first celebrated during a week in February 1926; encompassing the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12) and Frederick Douglass (Feb. 14), according to www.AfricanAmericanHistoryMonth.gov.

Black History Month was first proposed by black educators and the Black United Students at Kent State University in February 1969. The first celebration of Black History Month took place at Kent State one y