G98.7 FM Presents Black History Month

Throughout the month of February, G98.7 FM is recognizing the significant role of Black people who have made a difference in society.

Black History Month began as a proposal by Harvard-educated Black historian Carter G. Woodson. He wanted to celebrate the achievements of Black Americans and others from the Black diaspora. He also wanted to increase awareness of the part played by Blacks in American history. Woodson and prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. The group sponsored a national Negro History Week in 1926 and chose the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.
Carter G. Woodson
Carter G. Woodson (born December 19, 1875) was an American historian, author, journalist, and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.
W.E.B. Du Bois
Lincoln Alexander
Jean Augustine
Jean Augustine the first Black Canadian woman elected to Parliament. Born in St. George’s, Grenada in 1937.
In 1976, U.S. President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month. In Canada, the House of Commons officially recognized February as Black History Month in December 1995.The Honourable Jean Augustine, the first Black Canadian woman elected to Parliament, introduced the motion. The motion was carried unanimously. In February 2008, a Motion to Recognize Contributions of Black Canadians and February as Black History Month was introduced in the Canadian Senate. It received unanimous approval and was adopted on March 4, 2008.
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