The City of Harrington Celebrates African American History Month

The City of Harrington is celebrating African American History Month.

On January 17, 2017, Mayor Anthony R. Moyer proclaimed February 2017 as African American History Month in the City of Harrington and urged all citizens to commemorate the contributions of African Americans to our history and culture.

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Photograph of Carter G. Woodson from the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum

African American History Month started as Negro History Week by Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and the organization he founded, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. The first event was a week in February 1926 that encompassed the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

Find more information about Carter G. Woodson and the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum.

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Photograph of President Ford from David Hume Kennedy/Getty Images

“President Gerald R. Ford urged Americans to ‘seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.’ That year, fifty years after the first celebration, the association held the first African American History Month. By this time, the entire nation had come to recognize the importance of Black history in the drama of the American story. Since then each American president has issued African American History Month proclamations.”

(Excerpt from an essay by Daryl Michael Scott, Howard University, for the Association for the Study of African American Life and History)

Find more information about African American History Month.

Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African American History and Culture Architectural Photrography

National Museum of African American History and Culture (Photograph from Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC)

The National Museum of African American History and Culture opened to the public on September 24, 2016 in Washington, D.C. and is the 19th museum of the Smithsonian Institution.

Find more information about the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The National Parks Service posted a timeline of African American History.

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