Despite Black History Month’s inception as Negro History Week in 1926, many regard the observance as something made up, unimportant, or irrelevant because, you know, Black people couldn’t possibly contribute anything of substance to society that would touch their world. Au contraire, notre frère/soeur!
Voila! Here’s a list of 120 things you didn’t know were created by Black inventors.
Others opine offense that Black History Month was “relegated” to February. The reason for attaching Black History Month may surprise you. If you don’t know the backstory, you owe it to yourself to check out Carol Spivey’s “What I Really Think About Black History Month and its Roots,” originally published at our former Medium publication. In the article, Carol examines her skepticism and questions about Black History Month. The way she wraps up the article is . . . well, since this is a no spoilers zone we’ll just say . . . the ending is surprising. We can’t endorse the read enough.
Each Friday in February, we’ll feature an original article, by OHF Weekly contributing writers Sabrina Bryant, Dan Hislop, William Spivey, and Jesse Wilson which delves into the life of a notable Black American whose achievements have greatly impacted not only Black Americans, but all Americans. During the upcoming weeks, we’ll also share previously published Black History Month articles (via our social media accounts) you may have missed.
By the end of the month, we hope you’ll have gained a greater appreciation for and knowledge about the contributions of Black people. Have a great week and don't forget to dive into Carol’s article.
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More from Our Black History Month Series
Top image, Simon Biles, the most decorated gymnast ever, an extraordinary personification of Black excellence. Image remixed, OHF Weekly.