Black History Month was designated by President Gerald Ford in 1976. President Ford saw the designation as an opportunity to “honor the accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
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The theme for Black History Month 2021, “Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity,” explores the African dispersion and the spread of Black families across the United States.
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