Each month of the year or a day, or week within that month is designated to certain awareness causes and celebrations. February is the designated month of the following:
1. Black History Month
2. Ethnic Equality Month
3. International Boost Self Esteem Month
4. National Cancer Prevention Month
5. Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
6. Random Acts of Kindness Week
7. National Wear Red Day
8. National Freedom Day
In recognizing and honoring the achievements of African Americans throughout US History, Black History is celebrated in February. Now some may have heard the argument that February, because it is the shortest month of the year is an “underdog” month for the celebration of Black History Month. Whereas this argument is understood, let’s keep in mind that in 1926 Dr. Carter G. Woodson elected the second week of February – between W.E.B DuBois’ and Lincoln’s birthdays – as Negro History week which later evolved into Black History Month in 1976. The NAACP was also founded on February 12, 1909.
The month of February undoubtedly has an indelible historical context attached. We must continue to celebrate and uplift our history this month and love black people (and ourselves) all day, every day. With this in mind, let’s also acknowledge the additional awareness causes and celebrations for this month and continue to act and shed light on the ones that resonate with us individually – all day, every day.
In honor of W.E.B. DuBois – Happy Birthday!
Your Favorite Girl