Celebrating Black History Month: Displays in the Parish Hall.
National Black History Month has its origins in 1915, when historian and author Dr. Carter G. Woodson initiated the first Negro History Week in February 1926. Dr. Woodson selected the week in February because the second week of the month coincides with the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Lincoln was influential in the emancipation of slaves, and Douglass, a former slave, was a prominent leader in the abolitionist movement, which fought to end slavery. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month to honor the contributions and sacrifices of African Americans who have helped shape the United States of America.
Come see the displays in the Parish Hall. Pictured here: Rev. Rena B. Graves Deacon. Member, St. Martin-in-the-Fields since 1920.
text from Sandra Gould