Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” a term coined by Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.
Explore the meaning behind Black History Month with In the Public Interest hosts Amanda Forbes and Aaron Derton. If you missed the show, you can listen to the full audio below.
Texas State is one such campus where African Americans are welcomed and respected. Reporter Denver Donchez has a story about how Texas State celebrates black history and culture.
The impact of African Americans can even be seen locally. Their contributions have left a stamp on the infrastructure of San Marcos. Kasandra Garza has more.
The shows final show features a story by Clayton Kelley on the black American experience from the perspective of a Black Lives Matter activist.
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