February is Black History Month in the United States and Canada
It began with the creation of national Negro History week in 1926, founded by historian Carter G. Woodson and minister Jesse E. Moorland through their organization Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), which focused on researching and promoting the achievements of Black Americans and those of African descent.
By the late 1960s, the celebration had evolved into a month-long event on several college campuses and, in 1976, U.S. President Gerald Ford officially recognized it as Black History Month.
Black History Month celebrates the contributions that African Americans have made to U.S. culture and society. Black Americans have also advanced the CPG and retail industries, from developing new consumer products to creating innovative technologies that have made key areas of our industry possible today. We’ve highlighted a few examples below.