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Mark Angelo Askew is the author of "Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Guide Workbook and Keepsake" and the founder and director of the Family Reunion Planning Group that established November as Annual Family Reunion Planning Month.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Black History Month

Black History Month is a remembrance of important people and events
in the history of the African Diaspora. It is celebrated annually in
the United States and Canada in the month of February, while in the
UK it is held in the month of October.

Black History Month was established in 1976 by African-Americans for
the Study of African-American Life and History. The month-long
celebration was an expansion of Negro History Week, which was
established in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, director of what was then
known as the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History.

At first it was celebrated almost exclusively by African Americans,
taking place outside of the view of the wider society. Increasingly,
however, mayors and governors, especially in the North, began
endorsing Negro History Week and promoting interracial harmony. Now
Black History Month is a national observance. Families are encouraged
to take advantage of the effort to promote recognition of a rich
heritage, culture and resilient people of African decent including African Americans, European Africans, Brazil, the Caribbean Islands and Jamaica to name a few.

Black History Month Activities:

Join or form a Family History Society

Donate to your favorite black charity

Visit a black museum or art gallery

Write about your families contribution to black history

Read a grade level book regarding notable black achievements to your

Volunteer in some way to give back to the community.

Family Reunion Planning and Black History Month
In celebration of Black history month Fimark Home presents the Family Reunion Theme "Family Fest." A family reunion festival planner featuring cultural exploration in food, stories, poetry, music and colorful costumes. Go to the family reunion planner evaluation version and click on the "Theme Selector" panel to begin planning your Family Reunion Fest.

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