Black History Month is a time to remember and celebrate the rich history of African Americans and the achievements of the civil rights movement.
Black History Month dates back to 1926, when historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans dedicated the second week in February as “Negro History Week” to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. In 1976, the celebration was officially recognized and expanded and every U.S. president since then has celebrated Black History Month during the month of February.
Help the UFCW Celebrate Black History Month by reading and sharing our Black History Month posts and profiles on www.ufcw.org as we reflect on historic moments of the Civil Rights Movement, like the march from Selma to Montgomery, which put a national spotlight on the barriers faced by African American voters in the South and led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act. We’re also paying homage to individuals who have dedicated their lives and work to breaking barriers that have strengthened both the Civil Rights Movement and the Labor Movement, such as UFCW’s Addie Wyatt, civil rights leader Bayard Rustin, and AFL-CIO Vice President Tefere Gebre.