Story by Athalia Adouko & Diana Sooknauth / Kennedy High School Waterbury
Black History Month was created in 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. It was announced that the second week of February would be "Negro History Week."
February was chosen because the month contains the birthdays of both President Abraham Lincoln and the Abolitionist Frederick Douglas.
"Black History Month is important to me, and important to all of us, because Black History is not just Black History it is everyone's history," Mrs. Ortiz also believes that , "it's important for all kids, all people, to know where they came from in order to know where they're going."
Woodson argued that the teaching of Black History was essential to ensure the survival of the black race. He also believed that if a race had no history, it had no worthwhile tradition, which means, it was in danger of being exterminated or erased.