Black History Fact: Negro History Week began in February 1926 because of the efforts and perseverance of Carter G. Woodson. The program was later expanded and renamed Black History Month. Woodson chose February to honor the birth months of abolitionist Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln.
During the struggles of post slavery reconstruction, in the midst of segregation, under the policies of Jim Crow and forward into today, Americans of African descent have forged unchartered paths in fields requiring academics. The movie, “Hidden Figures” brought light to one such occurrence in the field of math and technology. But other fields have also had African Americans in noteworthy positions.
For the 4th consecutive year, Richmond Hill High School has celebrated the strides accomplished by Black Americans in Richmond Hill and around the country. This year, students, staff, and various departments created a school wide visual that captures art, literature, science, technology, military and other areas in which Blacks have made history.