Nia Morgan

Missouri State University

Celebrations of black Americans’ culture, history and accomplishments are underway at Missouri State University.

Black History Month, traditionally celebrated during the month of February in the U.S., started with a Black History Month Kickoff event on Feb. 1 at Missouri State University.

Yvania Garcia-Pusateri, executive director for MSU Multicultural Programs, said Black History month is focused on learning about and appreciating the contributions of African Americans that we may not have learned about in school.

Throughout history, the culture and contributions of African Americans have, too often, been neglected or overlooked. That’s why Black History Month, which takes place in the United States each year in February, is an important observance.

Historian and scholar Dr. Carter G. Woodson is credited for setting the foundation for what we now know as national Black History Month, observed each February.

In 1926, he launched Negro History Week to bring national attention to the contributions of black Americans throughout history. Then in 1976, during the American bicentennial celebration, President Gerald Ford formally established Black History Month.