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The History of Black History Month:
The precursor to Black History Month, Negro History Week, was initiated in 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. The celebration was to be held the second week of February. This week was chosen because it coincided with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, so was traditionally a time for celebrating emancipation. Black History Month was first proposed by black educators and students at Kent State University in February 1969 and the first celebration was held the following year on campus. In 1976, President Gerald Ford recognized Black History Month during the celebration of the United States Bicentennial. In an address to the nation, he urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
Black History Month at the Hudson Area Library
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters read by Pamela Badila
Hudson Hall is hosting the 2022 Hudson Jazz Festival. Entitled “Lift Every Voice,” after the Black national anthem, the eight-day festival conveys a message of hope and revival and celebrates the artistry of Black jazz musicians and their innovation of the genre.