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The NAACP commemorates Black History Month, celebrated annually every February. Black History Month celebrates the history and achievements of African Americans. It also pays tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity throughout American history. Black History Month encourages us to continue to promote the study of Black history throughout the year. The City of Signal Hill is proud to join the NAACP in recognizing Black History Month.
In 1925, Carter G. Woodson’s organization The Association for the Study of Negro Life and History conceived and announced Negro History Week in 1925. Over the years, Negro History Week became a central part of African American life, and across the country, more Americans came to appreciate the celebration. President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976. Since then, every American president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme. The 2020 theme, “African Americans and the Vote,” is in honor of the sesquicentennial of the 15th Amendment giving Black men the right to vote, and the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment granting women’s suffrage.