Black History 365
The month of February is observed as black history month but we all know that we celebrate Black History for 365 days. Let’s highlight and celebrate Black excellence to shine a light on the achievements made by African Americans of both the past and present. The celebration of the history of African Americans started with a week in 1926. Carter G Woodson called for the second week of February to be “Negro History Week”. "If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, so it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world and it stands in danger of being exterminated.” - Carter G. Woodson
Later in 1976 Negro History Week grew to Black History Month. The achievements made by those of the past provide inspiration for our future. Let's look at a few African American first of 2018.
Amy Sherald - First African American female artist commissioned for US first lady portrait to be displayed in Smithsonian.
Kehinde Wiley - First African American male artist commissioned for US President portrait to be displayed in Smithsonian.
Ava Duvernay - First African American woman to direct a film with a budget in excess of 1 million dollars.
Ryan Coogler - First African American director of a Marvel film (Black Panther).