The Kern High School District is observing Black History Month from February 1 to March 1 by celebrating the achievements of African American individuals throughout our nation's history, while recognizing their struggles for freedom and equality.
According to the Library of Congress, Black History Month or African American History Month, originated in 1915 by historian and founder of the Study of Negro Life and History, Dr. Carter G. Woodson. The organization is known today as the Association for the Study of African Life and History (ASALH). Dr. Woodson enacted the first Negro History Week in February of 1926 to coincide with Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass's birthdays.
President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1975. He sent a message to the public saying, "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history."
Since then, every American president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme. This year's theme is "The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity."
Over the next month, you will find stories, videos, and information on this page as we reflect and honor African Americans' contributions to our nation's history.