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.

Love one another.

Clay Rivers
OHF Weekly Editor-in-Chief

Stephen Matlock
OHF Weekly Senior Editor

Sherry Kappel
OHF Weekly Managing Editor


More from Our Black History Month Series

OHF WEEKLY, Black History Month: The Value in Looking Back
Vol 4 No 6: On Rosa Parks and why Black History Month matters.
What I Really Think About Black History Month and Its Roots
“If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.” —Dr. Carter G. Woodson
Black History’s Call to Pay Allyship Forward
VOL 4 NO 7: “True Friendship Can Transcend Race,” Dan Hislop on Howard Thurman (mentor to Martin Luther King, Jr.) and the source of his peace in the face of hatred
Black History: Learn It and Never Forget
VOL 4 NO 8: William Spivey on the relevance of Black achievements, turning points in history, and atrocities committed against Black people.
Black History Month: Giving Black Achievements Their Due
Vol 4 No. 9: Sherry Kappel on Black excellence in sports, Black history, and racism; Jesse Wilson on celebrating Hip Hop.

Top image, Simon Biles, the most decorated gymnast ever, an extraordinary personification of Black excellence. Image remixed, OHF Weekly.

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