Celebrate Black History Month on Feb. 13

February 4, 2020

Celebrate Black History Month at Jackson College with a luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 13 in Bert Walker Hall, Rooms 144-145.

This Black History Month Celebration will feature a historical tribute, musical entertainment by Brandon Marceal, authentic “soul food” and beverages. This event is free and college and community members are welcome. The Office of Multicultural Affairs sponsors the luncheon.

Black History Month is a time to remember and celebrate the achievements of black Americans. The event grew out of the first “Negro History Week,” in 1926, the idea of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. February coincides with the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.

The Black History Month 2020 theme, “African Americans and the Vote,” is in honor of the centennial anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment (1920) granting women’s suffrage and the sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) giving black men the right to vote.