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Why Black History Matters In America

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From Sarah Boone’s modern ironing board that allowed sleeves of women’s garments to be ironed more easily to the countless byproduct of the peanut invented and researched by George Washington Carter Black People have been at the forefront of innovation and social justice since the beginning of this country’s inception. Spiritual Social justice dealt a heavy hand when Richard Allen, Absalom Jones a group of praying Black parishioners walked out of St. George Methodist Episcopal Church one day in 1787...to ultimately form the African Methodist Episcopal Church...my church for many generations.  

The recognition began with Dr. Carter G. Woodson’s vision of paying tribute to “Negroes” all over the country in what started as Negro History Week in 1926.  By 1976 the week became Black History Month...celebrated each February in the United States and each October in the United Kingdom.
From Harriet Tubman to Dr. Martin Luther King to young innovators like Dr. Rick Kittles Black People are truly the fabric of American culture...and

Black History IS American History!

For more information about the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) visit