Black History is celebrated every month somewhere around the world
(Black PR Wire) The Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD), a global civil society organization recognizing people of African Descent in support of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent, is working to connect Black History Month in the United States to global celebrations of Black History. Directly addressing the complaint that Black History Month in the United States is held during the shortest month of the year.
“When you take a global worldview, you discover every month of the year, someone – somewhere is learning and celebrating Black History; not just in February,” said Kamil Olufowobi – CEO, MIPAD. “Black History Month in the United States is a dynamic time, but our history cannot be contained in a month. We invite our brothers and sisters in the United States to join other global celebrations of Black History throughout the year.”
What began as a week-long celebration led by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH®) officially became Black History Month in 1986 via a Joint Resolution of Congress and subsequent Presidential Proclamation. The celebration centered on the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass in the month of February.
Olufowobi continued, “Carter G. Woodson, ASALH® and many others fought hard for official recognition of Black History Month in the United States. However, every year – along with the celebratory events – comes the question: Why is Black History given the shortest month of the year?” Yes, let’s celebrate every day in February. Let’s also join the Global African Diaspora in celebrating Black History every month of the year.”
Black History Month is celebrated in the following places around the world each calendar year:
January 24th – UNESCO World Day for African and Afrodescendant Culture
February – United States, Canada, Germany
March – International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
April – Honduras
May – Colombia, Panama, African Union (Africa Day)
June – Peru, China (Beijing Africa Week), United Kingdom (Windrush Day), United States (Juneteenth)
July – Australia
August – Costa Rica
September – International Decade for People of African Descent at United Nations General Assembly
October – United Kingdom, Netherlands
November – Argentina, Brazil
In the month of February, MIPAD will share thoughts on Black History Month from members of the African Diaspora around the world. After February, MIPAD will share Black History celebrations around the world with unique touchpoints to the United States. These opportunities will be shared via the MIPAD Blog, social media channels, and media partners.
During the 2022 United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) MIPAD will share how Black History is celebrated around the world with UNGA attendees.
International Decade for People of African Descent
Proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 68/237 and to be observed from 2015 to 2024, the International Decade for People of African Descent celebrates the important contributions of people of African descent worldwide in line with the Sustainable Development Goals spearheaded by the United Nations.
MIPAD is the United Nations designated organization to recognize and celebrate people of African Descent during the International Decade for People of African Descent. Each year, MIPAD identifies high achievers of African descent in public and private sectors from all around the world. Past honorees span media, government, sports, tech, non-profit, and business. These MIPAD Honorees gather for a week-long training and networking conference coinciding with UNGA.
Visit https://www.mipad.org/ to learn more about MIPAD, nominate 2022 MIPAD Honorees, and learn how to connect with global celebrations of Black History.
The Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) a global civil society initiative in support of the implementation for the International Decade for People of African Descent (IDPAD) as proclaimed by the United Nations (General Assembly resolution 68/237) to be observed 2015 -2024 in-line with three pillars: RECOGNITION, JUSTICE, DEVELOPMENT. MIPAD releases a unique global 100 list that identifies high achievers of African descent worldwide. To learn more about this global list, please visit mipad.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn at @MIPAD100
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