Did you know that the first Negro History Week was celebrated in February 1926?
In the early 1970s, Negro History Week was rechristened Black History Week to reflect the changing language used to describe African-Americans. Then, in 1976, as America observed its bicentennial, Black History Week was expanded to the full month.
Today Black History Month is celebrated in the classroom, on television and radio, in the community and in daily life.
Laura Mims started the Casa Grande Parents United which has celebrated Black History Month in Casa Grande for the last 21 years. The goal of the organization is to make a positive impact on youth.
Now for its 22nd celebration this year, Casa Grande Parents United has elected to partner with Central Arizona College to expand the reach of this event to the entire county. This event is for anyone who desires to learn about the struggles, successes and the African-American culture.
The day will be filled with poetry readings, music, dance and keynote speaker.
The public is invited to witness the ribbon ceremony and hear the announcement of the winners of the local school poetry and drawing competitions. Guests are invted to remember the past and shape the future.
For more information about this event, please contact Dora Tompkins at 520-477-SHOW (7469) or visit www.EventsAtCAC.com or www.blackhistorypastfuture.eventbrite.com.
By Ashton Graham