February is Black History Month, and the Baldwin County School District is proud to join school districts, organizations, and groups from around the nation in celebrating the many contributions made by African Americans to our society. During this month, we acknowledge and celebrate the significant contributions of African Americans and the critical role they have played in the history of our nation. Black History Month began as the brainchild of Dr. Carter G. Woodson as a moment to honor the achievements, contributions, and legacies of African Americans throughout history. It originally began as Negro History Week. Since 1976, every U.S. President has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Nationally, we celebrate Black History Month as an opportunity to highlight and celebrate the African American contributions to history and explore African American heritage and culture. Black History month also provides us with a great opportunity to help our students understand the common humanity underlying all people; to develop pride in his or her own identity and heritage; and to understand, respect, and accept the identity and heritage of others.