Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month is an annual observance celebrated in United States in the month of February. It began as a way for remembering important people and events in the history of the African diaspora.
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 year later, from January 2, 1970 – February 28, 1970.
Six years later, Black History Month was being celebrated all across the country in educational institutions, centers of Black culture and community centers, both great and small, when President Gerald Ford recognized Black History Month, during the celebration of the United State Bicentennial. 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”.
Virginia International University’s African pride club joined in this historic celebration. Enjoy the sights of some Business department students.