Every year, we celebrate Black History Month in February, and it’s the perfect time of the year to learn about Black history, their leaders, and their accomplishments. That’s why we created these Black History Month facts coloring pages!
We put these interesting facts about Black History Month in a b&w printout so kids can color them as they learn about this important month and amazing figures. These printables are great for at-home or classroom learning.
If you have ever wondered why we celebrate Black History Month in February, where it began, or what are some notable figures often spotlighted during Black History Month, keep reading!
9 facts about Black History Month
- In 1915, historian Carter G. Woodson co-founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History.
- Carter G. Woodson is considered to be the Father of Black History, as he was the son of former slaves and knew how important education was to secure freedom.
- 11 years later, the group declared the second week of February as “Negro History Week” to recognize the contributions of African Americans.
- Prior to this, few people studied Black history and it wasn’t included in textbooks.
- They chose this week because it celebrated the birthdays of Frederick Douglass, an abolitionist, and Abraham Lincoln.
- It wasn’t until 1976 that president Gerald Ford extended the week to a whole month, creating Black History Month.
- Black History Month is observed in February in the United States and Canada, and October in the United Kingdom.
- Black History Month honors all African-American men and women from all periods of U.S. history.
- Some notable figures that are spotlighted during Black History Month are Martin Luther King Jr., who fought for equal rights for Black people; Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American in the United States Supreme Court in 1967; Mae Jemison, the first female African-American astronaut to travel to space in 1992, and Barack Obama, the first-ever African-American president of the U.S.
Free Black History Month Facts Coloring Pages
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