WXYZ DETROIT — The celebration of Black History Week, which was later expanded to Black History Month, dates back to the early 1900’s. Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the second African American to earn a doctorate from Harvard, lobbied for the special program.
Woodson once said, “Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.”
As a noted historian, author and journalist, Woodson understood the value of teaching and celebrating America’s important cultural diversity. Few cities have a richer history than Detroit.
Throughout February, we encourage you to take in some of the many programs and exhibits dedicated to Black History Month in this region. That includes food, the arts, sporting events, museums and a number of educational forums. We also invite you to watch the special Black History Month stories we have been broadcasting on Channel 7 Action News. They are fascinating features on African American accomplishments from a wide range of people and professions.
There are also helpful tips on how you, your family and your friends can explore and participate in Black History Month. We’ve complied a special section on WXYZ.com that is easy access on our homepage. You can also see our Black History Month stories on your favorite streaming device.
Black History Month, it’s a wonderful opportunity for all of us to learn more about one of Detroit’s largest populations and contributors to our metropolitan Detroit community.
I'm Mike Murri, V.P. & General Manager
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