By Chamia Bannerman
February is known for Valentine’s Day, but it is also African-American history month.
African-American History Month began in 1926 when a historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History declared the second week of February “Negro History Week”.
Fifty years later in 1976, the federal government acknowledged that the week had moved to a month.
African-American History Month is a remembrance of the things accomplished by African-Americans, important people, and events.
In Raleigh there are a lot of events taking place to celebrate the month.
For example, the North Carolina Museum of History is having a series of reoccurring programs, such as an African-American reading room Saturdays and Sundays in February. It is a room stocked with books for all ages about North Carolina’s African-American community. Visitors can work on simple crafts and take a book list home.
The N.C History Museum is also giving tours of exhibits of African-American history in the museum the tours will go on until February 24.
WPU is also getting in on the action by holding special movie screenings including “Something The Lord Made” on Feb. 20th, and “Poetic Justice” on Feb. 27th.