“My mother never let me forget my history
Hoping I was set free chains never put on me
Wanted to be more than just free
Had to know the true facts about my history”
- Tupac Shakur
Since 1976, Americans and Canadians have observed the month of February as Black History Month (October, in the United Kingdom). Its focus is on awareness and education surrounding cultural backgrounds and achievements of African American people and should not be looked at as a one-month initiative; awareness is ongoing.