As mayor and as a husband and father, every year I look forward to Black History Month when we honor and celebrate the richness of African-American history and our undeniable contributions to every facet of this country.
Historian Carter G. Woodson created Negro History Week in 1925 to raise awareness of African-American’s contributions that was first celebrated during a week in February 1926 and encompassed the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The response was overwhelming and since that time what is now known as Black History Month is one of the most significant celebrations that nation acknowledges.
In Bellwood, we too, celebrate and I encourage you to join us on Saturday, February 25 at Roosevelt Middle School for an uplifting and joyous event that highlights our youth who deliver moving songs, spoken word and dance performances.
Please take this month to support, engage and honor Black History Month, and all that means to our nation.