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Page Protection[edit]

Due to repeated vandalism of this page, I have page protected it. To edit this page, please contact an administrator. Grutness|hello? Grutness.jpg 07:05, 3 Apr 2005 (UTC)


Black History Month is celebrated. Perhaps someone can add to the article to qualify this statement. It may be celebrated, but by whom ? Not many black British that I know have heard of it. The article at the moment has the distinct and misleading inference that celebration is widespread in the UK, whether amongst the British people at large, or considering black British people as a separate group. On either account, there is little widespread knowledge currently of this celebration.—The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) 21:03, August 7, 2005 (UTC)

The following comment was inserted into the above comment without indicating that it was inserted. Thus I am pasting it below to clear up authorship. --User:Ibn Battuta
Black History Month is about celebrating our heritage for what our African Americans did for us and changed the laws to make it better and worthwhile staying in this country without having to be segregated or having to be punished because the color of our skin but by the contenent of our character.So keep that thought in your mind so you won't be judged by your skin color.
—Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 18:17, 23 January 2008 / reformatted by Ibn Battuta (talk) 01:34, 30 January 2008 (UTC)

Hi all, quick question - is this wiki intended as "Black History Month" of "Black History Month US." This is not a sarcastic question, but a genuine one. I suspect that while there are clear similarities and links between the celebration of Black History Month across the world, there are also significant differences. Do different national Black History Month celebrations qualify for different wikis, or should this one be extended to give a better view of Black History Month world-wide? Best Darigan (talk) 08:38, 6 October 2009 (UTC)

February shortest month of the year[edit]

Unless it can be proven that Woodson was not aware that February is the shortest month, I think this statement should be removed. —Fleminra 04:01, 29 December 2005 (UTC)

"February was chosen as Black History Month because the birthdays of the esteemed black abolitionist Frederick Douglass and the celebrated black poet Langston Hughes fall during that month. It's also the month the NAACP was founded. It just so happens that February is the shortest and one of the coldest months of the year." <> a google search turns up many references to it being an odd coincidence that February (shortest and coldest month), even going so far as to debunk conspiracy theories. —User: (aka User:
If you find a quote from Woodson that says "I did not realize that February was the shortest month," then I think the statement could stay. Otherwise, it would probably be more fair to say "Woodson either failed to realize that February is the shortest month of the year, or did realize it but decided that the month's length was less important than the fact that three important black-history anniversaries fall in February."
Can you elaborate on your argument above? I'm pretty sure I don't understand, but is it:
  1. Three important events in black history occurred in February.
  2. This outcome is an "odd" (i.e. improbable) coincidence.
  3. An improbable outcome suggests the existance of unknown ("secret") factor(s), i.e. a conspiracy.
If this is where you're leading, what is the theoretical conspiracy and who are the conspirators? What evidence supports (not debunks) the theory? Your last statement seems to contradict my #3 above, which is what I'm confused about. Thanks.. —Fleminra 19:57, 29 December 2005 (UTC)
You must note that I am not the same one who added it the article, I was just looking around and saw that and decided to see if I could verify it. I do not believe that he literally failed to realize it, as whoever added that put, but I do think that it may be noteworthy to mention in that it is quite the coincidence, being how ironic it seems. With a quick search of the internet it is quickly evident that many do wonder why this month was chosen and it is often discussed whether the shortest month thing is a conspiracy or not (which, most likely, is not the case). So, I suppose what I am saying is that, he didn't necessarily fail to realize it as the author says, but, instead, the case is that it is just an unlucky coincidence. 19:28, 3 January 2006 (UTC)

Actually, this is silly to argue about. Black History Month didn't occur until the 1960s. According to, Woodson chose the second week in February to be Black History Week back in 1926. This was apparently due to the birthdates of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. The site above lists a number of events that make it all the more appropriate to pack it all into 28 1/4 days (on average). So it's probably time to give up the conspiracy stuff. Woodson apparently thought a week was sufficient to draw attention to the richness of Black history. February is simply more appropriate than any other month for a lot better reasons than length. User: nora1262

Abraham Lincoln[edit]

Am I the only person here who believe abraham lincoln was not black. Lincoln has very little to do with black history. I don't want to here he emancipateted the slaves because by the time Lincoln won the war the south had pretty much already abolished it or was pretty close to it. Also black history month is in Canada, I know that first hand How has Lincoln affected black history in Canada. Unless someone has some evidence to support these claims I think it should be disembowled from the article.

—The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) 13:08, February 2, 2006 (UTC)

which claims? i'm pretty sure that this is about AMERICAN black history, and i'm pretty sure he did play an important role. and whether or not you believe this to be true, it doesn't matter, february was chosen, partly because of his birthday, so i'm pretty sure he is worth mentioning... —The preceding unsigned comment was added by R66y (talkcontribs) 15:50, February 10, 2006 (UTC)

hi :P



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Insulting/immature redirect[edit]

Someone please fix the redirect. Its insulting and immature. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) 22:27, November 29, 2006 (UTC)

Morgan Freeman[edit]

Is this man a historian, A culture icon, i dont think a actor (performer) should be used here. I mean how silly is the statment there is no white history month? It is a White country you dont need history for the dominant culture, history for them is 24/7. Yes there is issues with Black history month, like having a month to sum it up. But the childish statement about color and racism is "childish" human beings will always see difference pretending it isnt there as opposed to confronting it is just madness.--HalaTruth(ሐላቃህ) 12:06, 2 February 2007 (UTC)

I don't see any African nations celebrating White History Month. Any date that "celebrates" the culture of a presumed race only serves to segregate and force a grudging tolerance rather than engender acceptance between two aesthetically dissimilar types of human being. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Heptapod (talkcontribs) 19:14, 11 February 2007 (UTC).
I think something better would be a universal "heritage month",celebrating wherever you have come from, from Africa to England, Scotland to Australia.-- 17:20, 23 February 2007 (UTC)(User:Viridis, but logged out)

I wonder why an African culture colonized by Whites would need to celebrate a culture they celebrate every single day, todayalmost every African nation has a European language as the official language. Today Every African nations leaders where the dress of europe. In African schools the history of Europe is taught everyday. thus they celebrate European history every day. Black history month is for a disempowered people living among a colonial/oppressive system--HalaTruth(ሐላቃህ) 20:45, 11 February 2007 (UTC)

I know Africa is just one big colony right now owned by the Brits, Spaniards, French, Dutch, Germans, Italians, and Portuguese. Not one African, besides the Arabs, are free. (Note the saracasm). Casey14 22:06, 19 February 2007 (UTC)
No body is free, and some ask why you need a month (only a month) for Black history when you had 500 Years destroying the history. Some people are something else. Everyone got it bad, but Arabs didnt lose their history--only their lands and government.--HalaTruth(ሐላቃህ) 23:10, 19 February 2007 (UTC)
Lost their history? Tribal skirmishes for thousands of years don't exactly constitute a history. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:58, 10 September 2007 (UTC)

I think that is VERY IGNORANT I DONT EVEN WANT EXPLAIN —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:03, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

The reason there's no white history month is because Caucasians have never had to face discrimination, enslavement, fighting for basic civil rights, etc. Black History month serves as a purpose to remind us how far we've come and to honor those who have paved the way for African-Americans. With all due respect, I think the logic of no white history month in African countries is possibly the worst logic to use. --Crackthewhip775 (talk) 21:48, 5 November 2008 (UTC)

"Caucasians have never had to face discrimination, enslavement" Ever heard of Romans enslaving captured whites from Britannia and other nations? I suppose I, a person of English and Irish ancestry, have a right to demand reparations from modern-day Italians for what their Roman ancestors did to mine. LOL Where do I sign up?Kerry (talk) 21:48, 17 February 2011 (UTC)


...what a relief! My fingers were getting tired from doing the walking :-D  uriel8  (talk) 23:50, 10 February 2007 (UTC)

Just removed a line of self promotion from the top User:justinmcl Justinmcl 03:50, 1 March 2007 (UTC)

related groups info removed from infobox[edit]

For dedicated editors of this page: The "related Groups" info was removed from all {{Infobox Ethnic group}} infoboxes. Comments may be left here. Ling.Nut 22:53, 18 May 2007 (UTC)

Introduction: African American?[edit]

Black History Month is a remembrance of important people and events in African American history. It is celebrated annually in the United States and Canada in the month of February, while in the UK it is held in the month of October.

Is it true that Canada and especially the UK remember African American history? Sounds a bit US-centric to me... but maybe I'm wrong? --Ibn Battuta (talk) 09:50, 21 January 2008 (UTC)


I'm English, and not 100% about the details, but I assume this is an error:

"Woodson, creator of Negro History >>Month<<, hoped that the >>week<< would eventually be eliminated, when African-American history would be fully integrated with American history."

Was it started as a week, or should that read "hoped that the MONTH would.." (talk) 13:26, 1 February 2008 (UTC)Italic textthey for the african american

The section on the 'History of Black History Month' should indeed be updated. The scholarship on this precise question is limited, though. I *think* that Black History Month becomes 'nationally-recognized' [by US Congress] in 1973, and 'presidentially-sanctioned' [by Ford, Feb. 10] in 1976. But this is certainly an area that needs verification and expansion. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:50, 7 September 2011 (UTC)

Planned special interest editing[edit] "I will, however, only be doing the Explanation and the purpose and not the Controversy because there is none. I will also provide 2 links."

Be on guard, wiki-brothers. Looks like she has some vested interest in the topic. Bananabananabanana (talk) 06:51, 10 September 2008 (UTC)

Removed Vandalism[edit]

I removed a scrap of text about Obama someone put in there. "AND WE THE PEOPLE CONGRATS PRESIDENT OBAMA" in all caps.--RyuKisargi (talk) 04:21, 20 January 2009 (UTC)

Terrible article[edit]

This article, to be frank, sucks. It has almost no information on Black history Month itself, rather it is a very poorly presented list of accomplishments by African Americans. Such a list belongs elsewhere, perhaps in a article identified as a list (we have plenty). The article doesn't even tell us when the observance gained national recognition. I'm going to revert this back to a marginally presentable version from last year. -R. fiend (talk) 18:46, 4 February 2010 (UTC)

Sub standard article[edit]

  • onesource - Monifa, Akilah a detractor of BHM is cited how many times in a article which only has a critique section. So we get BHM 2 lines intro and then a massive Critique section tearing it down.
  • Wikipedia does not favor a critique section [[1]]. It should be inline with the topic.
  • The tone reads like pure [original research?] See It can be argued that Canadians celebrating African-American History Month makes as much sense as Canadians celebrating the American Revolution or American Civil War and
  • Orphan statements : Rosa Parks, MLK, Malcolm X etc were all Americans living in America dealing with American problems.
  • Original research and opinions of an editor: African American history is an extremely important part of American history, and it is almost impossible to find an American History textbook that does not include passages about black history.

Just because I have no account doesnt mean anything.-- (talk) 09:26, 6 February 2011 (UTC)

There are now seven sources cited in that section.
The page you linked to does not indicate that Wikipedia does not favor critique sections. It is merely a template to denote when NPOV is violated by the manner in which a particular article's Criticism section is written, specifically when all negative information is segregated (no pun intended) into one section. The fact that criticism and controversy sections are not prohibited by policy is somewhat evident in the part of that page that says:

Note that criticism and controversy sections are not prohibited by policy.

I've removed the unsourced material, added material from the two op-eds that are merely mentioned, and emphasized the attributive nature of the other material in that section, and removed the NPOV tag. If anyone wants to add advocacy of BLH from appropriate sources, it is encouraged. Nightscream (talk) 22:08, 2 February 2012 (UTC)

Too much criticism....[edit]

I find it a bit disturbing that about two-thirds of this entire page consists of debate about why Black History Month shouldn't exist.

Anyone else concerned? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:40, 16 February 2011 (UTC)

If anyone wants to add advocacy of BLH from appropriate sources, it is encouraged. Nightscream (talk) 22:08, 2 February 2012 (UTC)

Association for the Study of African American Life and History[edit]

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)is the founder of Black History Week, now known as Black History Month. ASALH was established on September 9, 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the Father of Black History. Continuing Dr. Woodson's legacy, ASALH's mission is to promote, research, preserve, interpret and disseminate information about Black life, history and culture to the global community.

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History is headquartered in Washington, D.C., temporarily on the campus of Howard University. The Association operates as local, state, and international branches promoting greater knowledge of African American history through a program of education, research, and publishing.

ASALH hosts an annual Black History Luncheon to honor prominent African Americans that are carrying out the ASALH mission and Dr. Carter G. Woodson's legacy. ASALH also hosts their Annual ASALH Convention that provides a venue for historians, educators, students, and those interested in African-American life and history to participate in discussion forums and events in regards to preserving, promoting, researching, interpreting, and teaching African American life, history and culture.

To learn more about the Association of African American Life and History please visit — Preceding unsigned comment added by Enchanta Jackson (talkcontribs) 00:24, 22 June 2011 (UTC)

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youtube as reference[edit]

One of the references (number 6) is to youtube. Is that an acceptable reference? What is the wikipedia policy on using youtube and the like? Socialresearch (talk) 03:16, 11 February 2012 (UTC)

Hacking this site and/or eploiting it[edit]

We need to put the silver lock on here, it is not acceptable to remove it along with the reason of why it is protected. (talk) 06:51, 22 June 2012 (UTC)

This is a joke[edit]

Why is the article locked from editing? It hasn't been touched and its locks have been removed for purposely producing a one sided edit over the entire article. This is unacceptable. (talk) 20:31, 6 July 2012 (UTC)

We need to have this open[edit]

Are they afraid that this will get changed? Its a very small article on here for years, why is it still locked? I will bring this up with an admin since only certain people feel like they have to only put their own view on the subject, and this is coming from an African-American. (talk) 07:56, 30 July 2012 (UTC)

Having gone through the history of this page since the semi-protection was undone, I am absolutely convinced that this article needs to be semi-protected, probably indefinitely. The number of unconstructive edits by new and unregistered users is mind-boggling, and not enough people are watching the article to undo all the damage in a timely manner. That is why I reprotected the page. Graham87 12:23, 29 January 2013 (UTC)

Edit request on 6 February 2013[edit]

Please add Germany with the United Kingdom as one the countries that celebrates Black History in the Month of October. This information is per an article posted by Joerg Wolf in German Politics, Transatlantic Relations on Friday, February 23, 2007 found on Alabamarecluse (talk) 19:43, 6 February 2013 (UTC)

Done Thank you! Vacation9 02:44, 22 February 2013 (UTC)
Germany is not observing Black History Month only the Initiative Schwarzer Menschen in Deutschland (Black Peoples in Germany Initiative) organizes some events - i'm not saying it that should not be in the article (it should be) - but I don't think that this qualifies as Germany observing Black History Month 08:01, 8 March 2014 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)

Page locked during February, like clockwork...[edit]

Each and every February, the month of Black History month, this page is locked for some reason. I wonder why.... Poauli (talk) 22:31, 27 February 2013 (UTC)

White slavery from Africians[edit]

White slavery in africia, from 1530 to 1780. web sites are: White slavery in Africia.....How many blacks had white people for slaves, answer more and for longer...less than 2% of whites had slaves, and was blamed. Fact Africians sold them selves into slavery...Africians was the biggest slave owners in Americia, alsong with , mexicians, Indians NOT WHITE PEOPLE..this is the biggest lie in Americian history and Africian history, one big con job....web sites: HOW MANY BLACKS HAD WHITE PEOPLE FOR SLAVES).....( WHITE SLAVERY IN AFRICIA)....( WHERE WHITE PEOPLE EVER SLAVES)...( 200 YEARS OF WHITE SLAVERY)...( WHERE WITE PEOPLE THE ORIGIONAL SLAVES)....there was also another big lie..that whites brought blacks on slave ships, They brought them selves..and to this day in Africia, there are 11 million black slaves...only 1 white man had blacks on a slave ship, and took them right back..he was a Christian White man, and wrote a famious song...a Church song...I ONCE WAS LOST BUT KNOW I'M FOUND WAS BLIND BUT NOW I SEE...the most wites did to blacks was DIE TO FREE THEM. in a civial war...we started WHITE HISTORY MONTH..witch is November, to December...Africian history is the biggest lie in History more mexicians, Indians, Africians had you for lied..

Semi-protected edit request on 22 December 2014[edit]

Official Black History Month UK Ayoblackhistory (talk) 09:45, 22 December 2014 (UTC)

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I've completed the edit request, after some email correspondence. Graham87 13:37, 13 January 2015 (UTC)

Infobox holiday Date[edit]

In the Infobox holiday, maybe "Months of February and October" should be changed to "February <small>(United States and Canada)</small><br>October <small>(United Kingdom)</small>", because that is more accurate and less misleading. I checked (just) the infobox and was thinking 'They celebrate 1/6th of the year?'; even celebrating something - whatever it is - for an entire month every year seems like an overkill. (Maybe add Germany in there somewhere.) I can't edit the article myself, because it's semi-protected. -- (talk) 12:46, 18 April 2015 (UTC)

Black History Month is not in October it is in February[edit]

Do you're research... — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:23, 27 January 2016 (UTC)

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equal rights for women[edit]

Article should mention that equal rights for women movement helped the black equal rights movement. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:21, 13 May 2016 (UTC)