Black History Month celebration continues

The 1st celebration of Black History Month was in 1970

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – We are four days into Black History Month. 22News found out why some people think Black History Month should continue to be observed.

The first celebration of Black History Month was in 1970 at Kent State University in Ohio. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.

It’s an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time to recognize the central role African Americans played in U.S. history.

Some young adults think observing Black History Month is a way to keep the dialogue open about racism.

“There’s still racism going on between the races and I don’t think that’s right. The less we talk about it, it could reoccur again,” said Jakai Guzman of Greenfield.

Franklin County played a major role during the abolitionist movement. Several stations on the Underground Railroad were located in Charlemont.