It began as a way of remembering important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. It is celebrated in February in the United States and Canada. The Black History Month 2020 theme, “African Americans and the Vote,” is in honor of the centennial anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment (1920) granting women’s suffrage and the sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) giving black men the right to vote.
February is African American History Month African Friends of United States (AFUS) join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.
Black History Month, which is celebrated each year during February, is a chance for Americans to learn details of our nation’s history that, unfortunately, are far too often neglected and pushed to the wayside. As the saying goes, black history is American history — and it’s a varied and rich history.