"Black History Month" actually began as "Black History Week" - designed and developed by historian and scholar Dr. Carter G. Woodson. After years of recognizing that schools and scholars were not incorporating Black people and achievements into their history lessons, Dr. Woodson decided to create his own vehicle to teach this history.
His remedy was a week that celebrated the achievements and contributions of Black people throughout history. Alongside his staff at the organization he co-founded, then known as the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, Dr. Woodson developed and distributed curricula, course materials and resources for people to use during Black History Week. Dr. Woodson intentionally chose the second week of February for Black History Week, to honor the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass - two figures who were key in ending slavery and in the emancipation of the enslaved.
In 1976, the 50th anniversary of the first Black History Week, this annual celebration of history, culture and achievement became Black History Month. President Gerald Ford issued the first Presidential proclamation in support of Black History Month that same year, a tradition that has been continued by every president since Ronald Reagan. In honor of all the work that Dr. Carter G. Woodson has done to promote the study of Black History, an ornament of Woodson hangs on the White House's Christmas tree each year. PHOTO CREDIT: Carter G. Woodson, ca 1940s, Scurlock Photographic Studio Records, National Museum of American History Archives. Source: Encyclopedia Virginia
WHAT WE ARE LEARNING:
We are learning more about being Black in philanthropy and specific challenges that Black fundraisers and development professionals face at work by listening to Kia Croom's "The Black Fundraisers' Podcast." Kia Croom is a 20-year nonprofit fundraising and philanthropy executive whose work spans the fields of health services, career associations and children's rights.
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AFP is committed to the principles of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) in the fundraising profession, the philanthropic sector and throughout all of society.
The AFP Charlotte IDEA Committee is the local outlet of the AFP Global IDEA committee, and we are looking for a few more members! Our committee develops programming, policy and curricula to support AFP's commitment to IDEA. Could this be you?
The AFP Charlotte IDEA Committee commitment in 2022 is:
- 1 hour committee meetings either monthly or bi-monthly (fully developed committee will decide on the frequency)
- Any additional time it may take for work on the IDEA committee events, projects or newsletter submissions on which you decide to work (this will be at your discretion)
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