Black History Month is an annual observance in the United States and is held in February of each year. It dates back to at least 1926. It has also been called “African-American History Month.”
In 1976, the U.S. government officially adopted the title of “Black History Month.” At that time, the then-President, the Hon. Gerald Ford, urged his fellow Americans “to seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
To learn more about Black History month, please visit history website.
The individuals in my poster – entertainers, artists, educators, religious and labor leaders, peace and justice activists, two pro football greats, the mayor of Baltimore, our police commissioner, a city councilman, a state’s attorney, two members of the U.S. Congress, members of the Maryland legislature, and politicos alike – are representative of the many, who work tirelessly to make our Baltimore, and our state, a better place for all.
This poster is my way of paying tribute to them, and to the community they represent, and to the “Black History Month” celebration in the year 2020.
Bill Hughes is an attorney, author, actor and photographer. His latest book is “Byline Baltimore.” It can be found at: https://www.amazon.com/William-Hughes/e/B00N7MGPXO/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1