For the entire month of February, we pay tribute to many generations of African Americans in their past struggles to achieve full citizenship. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
Negro History Week was born in 1926, by the now, Association for the Study of African American Life and History. February was selected as a way to honor the birth of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass; two men who drastically altered the future of black Americans.
As time went on, many scholars and teachers demanded more information on the history of the subject. In 1976, the nation’s bicentennial, the week-long celebration was extended to a month. President Ford urged Americans to honor the too often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans.
Today, this month is filled with many events and celebrations are held all over the country. Rover would like to throw you some bones this month in honor of Black History month. Check out RoverTown for great discounts in your town!