Philly’s Black history can be seen through its landscape

February 7, 2024

The seeds of Black history month were planted by historian Carter G. Woodson in 1926 — but to him, it was just a week, and not meant to be the only time people considered Black history. Rather, for him, “Negro History Week” was a time to emphasize “what has already been learned about the Negro during the year.”

That, of course, didn’t happen, even when the week was expanded to a month in 1976. Today, too many American educators have come to think of February as the one time of year to highlight the Black experience.