In the 1970s, Black History Month was first proposed by black educators and black students of Kent State University. Soon after was celebrated across various education institutions and centers throughout the country. It was in 1976 when President Gerald Ford recognized Black History Month, during the celebration of the United States Bicentennial. He urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history”.
Since 1976, every American president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme. The Black History Month 2018 theme, “African Americans in Times of War,” marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and honors the roles that black Americans have played in warfare, from the American Revolution to the present day.