Black History Month is a time for us to celebrate and recognize of the achievements and positive impact of African Americans throughout U.S. history. Black History Month originated as Negro History Week in 1926 by historian, Carter G. Woodson. Over the years, Negro History Week evolved into a month long celebration thus receiving the name Black History Month. Schools, communities, and organizations across the country honor the accomplishments of African American individuals in the month of February, commemorating the past and recognizing the present while shaping a more empowering future.

Here are just some African American Achievements to recognize in honor of Black History Month:

  • Marian Anderson – First black member of the Metropolitan Opera Company (1955)
  • Arthur Ashe – First black man to win a Wimbledon singles title (1975)
  • Halle Berry – First African American to win an Academy Award for Best Actress (2001)
  • James Hubert (Eubie) Blake – Composed first Broadway musical written and directed by African-Americans
  • Beyoncé – In October 2003, black artists held all “Billboard” Top Ten chart positions for the first time in pop history. Beyoncé was No. 1.
  • Guion Bluford – First African American astronaut to launch into space (1983)
  • Ralph Bunche – First African American to win a Nobel Peace Prize (1950)
  • Shirley Chisholm – First black woman elected to Congress (1968)
  • Whitney Houston – First artist ever to have seven consecutive singles hit number one
  • Barack Obama – First African American president (2009)

At EMPG we pay tribute to those African Americans who helped pave the way for a better future as well as those actively making a difference. We can help you reach the African American market and assist you with showing your support during Black History Month. Contact your account manager today so you’re prepared for this important holiday.