The story of Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States.
That September, the Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by black Americans and other peoples of African descent.
Known today as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the group sponsored a national Negro History week in 1926, choosing the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The event inspired schools and communities nationwide to organize local celebrations, establish history clubs and host performances and lectures.
In the decades that followed, mayors of cities across the country began issuing yearly proclamations recognizing Negro History Week. By the late 1960’s, thanks in part to the civil rights movement and a growing awareness of black identity, Negro History Week had evolved into Black History Month on many college campuses.
President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
In Barbados many schools celebrate Black History Month by designating a day to focus on African history and culture. Some businesses assign one day in Black History Month where they encourage their employees to wear African garb. Several pan-African groupings host related activities within this time and assist schools with their Black History Month programs.
The African Heritage Foundation is encouraging you to give a work colleague, friend or family member a Black History greeting card in recognition and celebration of African heritage, history and culture for Black History Month. Although these cards can be given on occasions of birthday’s, anniversary’s and such, how about giving one of these cards to someone with an African proverb written on the inside in the month of February. This is one way you can contribute to the sharing of African history for Black History month 2019.
Here’s a list of African proverbs from around the continent that you can write in your Black History greeting cards . The proverbs listed here are known to come from specific African tribes, ethnic groups, or countries. Some proverbs are romantic, some thought provoking and some perhaps open to translation.
Supposing doesn’t fill the grain basket ‘if’ doesn’t fill the larder (cupboard). ~ Ovambo Proverb
There are no shortcuts to the top of the palm tree. ~ Cameroonian Proverb
Little by little grow the bananas. ~ Congolese Proverb
The big game often appears when the hunter has given up the hunt for the day. ~ Igbo Proverb
A clever king is the brother of peace. ~ South African Proverb
Do not call to a dog with a whip in your hand. ~ Sudanese Proverb
Good music goes with good food. ~ African Proverb
A fully grown up tree cannot be bent into a walking stick. ~ Kenyan Proverb
No matter how full the river, it still wants to grow. ~ Congolese Proverb
Birds of all kinds will end up landing. ~ Egyptian Proverb
I shall come for the cows after the donkeys have grown horns. ~Meru Proverb
If love is a sickness, patience is the remedy. ~ Cameroonian Proverb
Other people’s wisdom prevents the king from being called a fool. ~ Nigerian Proverb
Knowledge without wisdom is like water in the sand. ~ Guinean Proverb
The laughter of a child lights up the house. ~ Swahili proverb
Even an ant can hurt an elephant. ~ South African Proverb
Examine what is said, not him who speaks. ~ Egyptian Proverb
One camel does not make fun of the other camel’s hump. ~ Ghanaian Proverb
If you educate a man you educate one individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a family. ~Fanti Proverb
The sun never sets without fresh news. ~Xhosa Proverb
The good mother knows what her children will eat. ~ Akan Proverb
When the mother goat breaks into the yam store her kid watches her. ~ Igbo Proverb
Even as the archer loves the arrow that flies, so too he loves the bow that remains constant in his hands. ~ Nigerian Proverb
Rich people cook their food in a potsherd. ~ Kikuyu Proverb
If the elders leave you a legacy of dignified language, you do not abandon it and speak childish language. ~ Ghanaian Proverb
The elephant does not limp when walking on thorns. ~ Ethiopian Proverb
Time destroys all things. ~ Nigerian Proverb
Little by little the bird builds its nest. ~ Nigerian Proverb
Numbers can achieve anything. ~ Ghanaian Proverb
A brave man dies once, a coward a thousand times. ~ Somali Proverb
Only someone else can scratch your back. ~ Kenyan Proverb
BLACK HISTORY GREETING CARDS
Greetings cards are $3.00 ($1.50 US) each. You can purchase 2 for $5.00 ($2.50 US). There are 13 different designs and you can purchase the whole set for $12.00 ($6.00 Us). Wholesale (over 13 cards) purchases can be made for $1.00 ( .50 cents ).
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