“What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religious prejudice.” -Carter G. Woodson

In 1926, Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced that the second week in February (because it marked both Abraham Lincoln’s and Frederick Douglass’ Birthdays) would be a time to teach and honor Black History, specifically in the nation’s public schools. In 1976, the week long observance was extended to a month and  was nationally recognized as Black History Month by President Gerald Ford. We want to continue the tradition of honoring the past.

“We are made by history.”  -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Throughout the month of February, Arlington Public News is airing a series of segments honoring Black History Month. There will be interviews with historians and professors to highlight important moments in our country’s history and discuss how remembering the past is vital to understanding our contemporary world. Included in this series, we will be airing quotes from individuals in and around the community answering, “What does Black History Month mean to you?” We hope you will join us in honoring the important contributions of African Americans.