In 1976, fifty years after the first celebration, the Association held the first Black History Month. By this time, the entire nation had come to recognize the importance of Black history in the drama of the American story. Since then all American presidents, Republicans and Democrats alike, have issued Black History Month proclamations. In keeping with tradition, the Association, now known as the Association for the Study of Puma Rihanna X Fenty African American Life and History, believes that Black history, like American history, should be studied 365 days a year. Yet as the Founders of Black History Month, ASALH continues to view February as the critical month for carrying forth the mission.
nation away from slavery, and Frederick Douglass had been the greatest leader of African Americans. Symbolically, the selection of Lincoln and Douglass birthdays as the Puma Sneakers Velvet
ricans. Lincoln, of course, had issued the Emancipation Proclamation that moved the Puma Rihanna Women
to study Black history reflected Woodson belief that the history of African Americans was American history. When Woodson passed in 1950, the Association continued the celebration of Negro History Week. By the time of his death, Negro History Week had become a central part of African American life and substantial progress had been made in bringing more Americans to appreciate the celebration. At mid century, in cities across the country, mayors issued proclamations noting Negro History Week.
The Black Awakening of the 1960s dramatically expanded the consciousness of African Americans about the importance of black history. The Freedom Schools established during the civil rights era all included the study of Black history. As African Americans entered into mainstream colleges, they demanded Black Studies and Black history became a central feature. Increasingly there were cries for more than a week to study Black history. The Association, the center of the study of Black life and history, underwent its own changes, including a recognition of the need to devote more time to Black History.