Black History Month originated as a one week celebration started by notable educator, researcher, and historian, the late Dr. Carter G. Woodson in 1926. The weekly celebration was later adopted into a one month designation in the mid-1960s. In 1976, President Gerald Ford officially recognized February as Black History Month.
From notable firsts connected to the birth community including Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler, the first Black woman physician in the United States who decided to focus on diseases of women and children following the Civil War and Helen O. Dickens who was the first Black woman to receive board certification in obstetrics and gynecology to community heroes such as Hattie Cooper Goines Holmes, a community “granny” midwife who delivered hundreds of babies before hospitals were integrated in the South.
Though February was designated as Black History Month, history is not limited to only a month because Black history is American history.
Today, we would like to continue those traditions of celebrating Black History Month by sharing what this celebration means to birth photographers across the country. Check out their words and beautiful imagery below!