Black History Month is an annual observance in February, celebrating the past and present achievements of African Americans. Before the establishment of Black History Month, Black history had been largely left out of the history books. In February 1926, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, proposed the establishment of “Negro History Week”, this week encouraged Americans to learn about a rich history they could not read about in mainstream books. Dr. Woodson, known as the “Father of Black History”, chose the second week of February because it commemorates the birthdays of two men who greatly affected the African American community: Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and Frederick Douglass (February 14). Negro History Week became Black History Week in the early 1970’s. In 1976, the week-long observance was expanded to a month in honor of the nation’s bicentennial and in commemoration of African American contributions to American life during the entire month of February instead of a single week.
On February 5, 2009, Black Law Student Association (BLSA) held a dinner to kick off Black History Month. The Black History Month dinner was held in the cafeteria and attended by students, staff and faculty including the Dean & President Thomas Guernsey.
Issues discussed included President Barack Obama and his first 100 days; Division within the black community, and homosexuality. A good time was had by all. Photo gallery below: