Black History Month and The Y
Did you know that the YMCA has a long-running history with Black History Month? It’s true! In fact, in 1926, historian and professor Carter G. Woodson came up with the idea of Negro History Week during a meeting at a YMCA in Chicago.
Woodson was inspired by a 50th-anniversary party that celebrated the Emancipation Proclamation that he attended in 1915. He went on to form the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History which met at the Wabash YMCA in Chicago.