The Transylvania Times -

By Mark Todd
Staff Writer" 

Black History Month Plays Important Role


February 25, 2011

Sean Parrish has taught art at Brevard High School for the past 18 years ago. (Times photos by Mark Todd)

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history.

The event grew out of "Negro History Week," the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent black Americans.

Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.

Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.

Maurice Jones, the chairman of the Brevard/Transylvania Community Relations Counc...

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