Black History Month

February is Black History Month and the DEI Committee & Tri-State would like to shine light on this important recognition.  

Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week.” The origins of which, began in 1915 when Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by Black Americans and other peoples of African descent.

Known today as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the group sponsored a national Negro History week in 1926, choosing the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

Since 1976, every American president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme.

The theme for this month of February 2023 has been deemed, Black Resistance, inspired by how African Americans have resisted ongoing oppression, in all forms, especially the racial terrorism of lynching, racial pogroms and police killings, since the nation’s earliest days (  

Please join us in acknowledging this monthlong holiday.

Month-long:  Black History Month

Single Days:

·        February 1 – National Freedom Day

·        February 2 – Candlemans Day (Christian)

·        February 3 – Setsubun-sai (Shinto)

·        February 5-6 – Tu Bishvat (Jewish)

·        February 15 – Parinirvana/Nirvana Day (Buddist)

·        February 17 – National Caregivers Day

·        February 18 – Maha Shiravatri(Hindu) & Lailat al Miraj (Islamic)

·        February 22 – Ash Wednesday (Christian)

·        February 24- Festival of Ayyam-i-Ha (Baha’i)

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