Celebrating African-American History Month

African-American History is Navigator History....

To commemorate and celebrate the contributions made by people of African descent, American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week in 1926. For many years, the second week of February was set aside for this celebration to coincide with the birthdays of abolitionist/editor Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln, who championed the 13th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which ended slavery.

In 1976, as part of the nation's bicentennial, the week was expanded into a month-long commemoration. Every year since, the U.S. president has proclaimed February as National African-American History Month.

This year’s celebration commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law, guaranteeing equal rights for racial minorities. The law covered employment, voting, and areas of everyday life.

The Navigators African American History
In 1970, the first African-American Navigators launched ministries in Illinois, Washington, D.C., and Alabama. Bob and Shirley Price started a ministry at the University of Illinois at Urbana, Eugene and Diane Burrell launched The Navigators ministry at Howard University, and AFAM Director Rich and Jane Berry pioneered the Tuskegee Institute ministry.

Since 2001, The Navigators has sponsored the AFAM (African-American) Congress on Discipleship. This year’s conference is slated for March 6-9, 2014, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Visit the PBS African American World site to learn about more African American history milestones.

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