Every year Adafruit celebrates African American History Month by dedicating a post per day to some of our most admired African American makers, hackers, artists, scientists, engineers and more. Join us every morning this February to see who we’ll be featuring this year and don’t forget to contribute to the conversation on social media with #BlackHistoryMonth.
The celebration was expanded to a month in 1976, the nation’s bicentennial. President Gerald R. Ford urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” That year, fifty years after the first celebration, the association held the first African American History Month. By this time, the entire nation had come to recognize the importance of Black history in the drama of the American story. Since then each American president has issued African American History Month proclamations. And the association—now the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)—continues to promote the study of Black history all year.