It is a safe bet that most Americans do not recognize the name of the man who originated Black History Month over 86 years ago: Carter G. Woodson. It had a different name then but it evolved into Black History Month when it was recognized by the United States in 1976. From a celebration of the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas, it has expanded into a history of the black people of America.
American history seldom teaches the rich stories of the American people. Instead, the history of America is told through exceptional leaders. We all know names, events, and even historical periods of great men and women in our history. And yet we are taught so little about the experiences of the American people. The Reform Party invites you to learn about Black History Month and its beginnings. Please watch this three-minute video as a prelude to the Reform Party’s month-long recognition of one story in the struggle of the American people for reform.